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Remember veterans past, present on Memorial Day By Jim Garamone American Forces Press Service
President Barack Obama urged all Americans to remember those who sacriﬁced for the country and to help service members still feeling the effects of war, May 26. In his Saturday address, the president reminded Americans that Memorial Day is more than just a well-earned three-day weekend. “In town squares and national cemeteries, in public services and moments of quiet reﬂection, we will honor those who loved their country enough to sacriﬁce their own lives for it,” he said. On Monday, Obama placed a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery. The ceremony honorsed all Americans who died in war from those at Concord and Lexington to Baghdad and Kandahar. Later in the day, Obama participated in a ceremony at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial marking the 50th Anniversary of the war that claimed 58,000 Americans. “It’s another chance to honor those we lost at places like Hue, Khe Sanh, Danang and Hamburger
On Memorial Day, we come together as Americans to let these families and veterans know that they are not alone.” U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Michael Holzworth Above: Three Pearl Harbor survivors (right) pay respect to their fallen shipmates while a U.S. Marine stands at parade rest in the shrine room at the USS Arizona Memorial, May 27, during the USS Arizona Memorial’s 50th Anniversary commemoration ceremony. The USS Arizona Memorial was dedicated on Memorial Day in 1962. The shrine room displays the names of 1,177 service members that perished on the USS Arizona.
- President Barack Obama
Hill,” he said. “And we’ll be calling on you – the American people – to join us in thanking our Vietnam veterans in your communities.” But even as Americans remember those who died, they need to remember the veterans who also sacriﬁced, the president said. Hundreds of thousands of service members have served in Iraq and Afghanistan, tens of thousands of them have been wounded. “We have to serve them and their families as well as they have served us: By making sure that they get the healthcare and ben-
Left: President Barack Obama lays a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier during Memorial Day services at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington Va., May 28.
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New York Mets host Military Gunston Hall Sailors ‘kick Appreciation Day at Citi Field the habit’ during Tobacco
By MCSN Karen Blankenship Navy Public Affairs Support Element East
By MC3 (SW) Jonathan Sunderman Amphibious Squadron 8 Public Affairs
The New York Mets and the USO hosted the fifth annual Military Appreciation Day on Memorial Day, May 28, at Citi Field as part of Fleet Week New York 2012. Held nearly every year since 1984, Fleet Week New York is the city’s celebration of the sea services. Fleet Week New York provides an opportunity for the citizens of New York City and the surrounding tri-state area to meet Sailors, Marines and Coast Guardsmen, as well as see, firsthand, the latest capabilities of today’s maritime services. Rear Adm. Tim Alexander, Commander, Navy Region Mid-Atlantic, threw the first pitch. “Today we’re at Citi Field and they’re throwing a big party for us for Military Appreciation Day here with the Mets,” said Alexander. The game opened with a performance by the USO Liberty Bells, followed by the national anthem performed by the U.S. Navy Band Northeast.
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MCSN Molly Greendeer Rear Adm. Tim Alexander, Commander, Navy Region Mid-Atlantic, throws the ﬁrst pitch at the 5th annual Military Appreciation game at Citi Field during Fleet Week New York 2012.
The Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 15, from Naval Air Station Oceana, flew over the field at the end of “The Star-Spangled Banner.” Several service
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RIVERINE SAILORS COMPLETE FINAL PHASE OF UNIT LEVEL TRAINING Riverine Squadron 1, Det. 2, completed their ﬁnal phase of unit level training including Category IV live-ﬁre exercises on the Salt River at Fort Knox, Ky., May 8 - 11.
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Fleet Week New York 2012 For more photos and event coverage from Fleet Week New York 2012, see B3 - B5.
Sailors aboard amphibious dock-landing ship USS Gunston Hall (LSD 44) participated in Gunston Hall Smokeout (GHSO), May 16, marking two weeks tobacco free for some participants. GHSO is a spin-off of the American Cancer Society’s Great American Smokeout, which is held across America, and was created to encourage tobacco users to give up the habit. “Smoking is simply one of those habits that is difﬁcult to justify when all the pros and cons have been evaluated,” said Lt. Cmdr. Albin Pearson, Gunston Hall’s chief engineer and GHSO coordinator. “Once the ship set sail on deployment, I ﬁnally decided it was time to quit and the right thing to do was to encourage other’s to quit.” Statistics show that nearly 20 percent of Americans currently use tobacco products, and according to a 2008 Department of Defense survey, nearly 31 percent of Sailors smoke cigarettes. Participants meet weekly to encourage one another and discuss effective ways to get other Gunston Hall Sailors to join in on the campaign. “We are not only focused on the smoking aspect, even though most participants are smokers,” said Pearson. “We are encouraging anybody with any sort of bad habit the opportunity to quit and have the emotional support from the people they work close with day in and day out.” For one person, estimated healthcare costs
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and loss of productivity in the work place due to smoking are estimated at $3,800 per year. “I didn’t realize how much time I used up taking smoke breaks until I quit,” said Yeoman 2nd Class Eric Primero. “I wanted to stop for health reasons most importantly. All in all, I just feel better and I’ve found better ways to prioritize my time.” According to Department of Defense statistics, nearly a ﬁfth of service members started using tobacco after they joined the services. “I smoked when I was younger, but quit for many years and started back up again when I joined the Navy. I guess I saw it as a way to take a break and ultimately to relieve stress,” said Boatswain’s Mate 3rd Class James Speed. “I quit for good this time and today, actually, is my 14th day without a cigarette.” To substitute their cravings, most participants have chosen to get in better shape by dedicating more time to their workouts. There are many resources available to tobacco users interested in quitting, including military treatment facilities and clinics that offer tobacco cessation programs and support groups. Gunston Hall is part of the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group with the embarked 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit. Gunston Hall is deployed and currently supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. For more information on programs similar to GHSO, visit www.nmcphc.med.navy. mil/Healthy Living, or www.navy.mil/local/ nmsc/.
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Sailors from various naval bases around the world kicked off the Navy’s ﬁrst Coalition of Sailors Against Destructive Decisions (CSADD) rally at Naval Station Norfolk, March 22 - 23. CSADD was established in June 2010 as a peer mentoring group meant to positively inﬂuence young Sailors by providing resources and tools that promote good decision making. “CSADD is about Sailors helping Sailors,” said CSADD’s co-founder, Chief of Naval Personnel and Navy Total Force Fleet Master Chief Scott Benning. “The more that we can inspire, the more we can be a better nation.” Sponsored by Commander, Navy Region Mid-Atlantic (CNRMA), the CSADD rally was decorated with various posters and educational booths. CSADD’s program included comedic skits, video presentations and guest speakers, including Adm. John C. Harvey, Jr., Commander, United States Fleet Forces Command. During the event, Harvey talked about the commitment of being a Sailor in the Navy. “Nobody came into the Navy to fail. Nobody!” he said. Harvey praised the visiting Sailors and volunteers at the event, noting the international scope of Sailors at the conference, with commands from Spain, Bahrain and various U.S. bases represented. Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class Robert Davis, from U.S. Naval Hospital Rota, Spain was CSADD’s European representative and shared his experience with local Sailors at the rally. “If you travel to Europe, you are an adult and an ambassador of the United States of America, and it is important to be culturally diverse,”
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MC3 Indra Bosko Chief of Naval Personnel and Navy Total Force Fleet Master Chief Scott Benning (left) presents the 2011 Coalition of Sailors Against Destructive Decisions (CSADD) award to CSADD chapter members from USS Kearsarge (LHD 3) during a CSADD rally onboard Naval Station Norfolk.
CSADD is about Sailors helping Sailors. The more that we can inspire, the more we can be a better nation.” - Navy Total Force Fleet Master Chief Scott Benning
he said. “Our job in CSADD Rota is to inform Sailors that they can be responsible, but at the same time have a good time and look out for not only themselves, but their shipmates and the people they go out with.” Electrician’s Mate 2nd Class Larry Douglas, president of the CSADD chapter at Naval Air Station Pensacola, Fla. plans to bring back a CSADD souvenir to his shipmates. “I am here to take in the admiral’s perspective and the whole CSADD program,” said Douglas. “I am taking the training and deﬁnitely bringing it back to the command.” This initiative was started
with young Sailors and it has continued to grow with young Sailors, said Benning. There are currently more than 250 CSADD chapters operating on military bases worldwide, and dozens of CSADD social websites. “CSADD is a group of people who truly care for their success and the success of the entire Navy,” said Benning, highlighting this year’s CSADD theme: “Navigating Success.” “This is about shipmates helping shipmates. Shipmates, it all starts with you.” On the last day, Sailors were encouraged to wear their CSADD t-shirts and even signed t-shirts for the current Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan Greenert, Vice Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Mark Ferguson, III, Master Chief Petty Ofﬁcer of the Navy Rick D. West and assistant secretary of the Navy Juan M. Garcia. CSADD also held an award ceremony to recognize the 2011 CSADD chapters of the year. USS Kearsarge (LHD 3) won the award followed by the CSADD chapter in Bahrain. “This is a great organization,” said Kearsarge’s Command Master Chief David
Randall. “Before I knew much about CSADD, I’ve asked what do we need to do to help Sailors who make destructive decisions and CSADD has helped ﬁxed that problem.” Benning also encouraged Sailors to use social media, such as Facebook and Twitter, to educate Sailors about the event and also provided feedback and suggestions about CSADD. “The best prevention tools are the Sailors themselves,” Benning explained. After 39 years of being in the Navy, Harvey reminded Sailors of the Navy’s core values of honor, courage and commitment, and encouraged Sailors to always do the right the thing. “I learned what it was like to deal with ofﬁcers and Sailors who worked for me who made destructive decisions. Will you have courage with these convictions?” Harvey said about coming forward and helping shipmates. “You all have taken on a challenge that is hard. The term ‘shipmate’ deﬁnes what we are all about. In a moment’s pressure, you put your hand out … and it takes courage to do your part.”
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As part of a live ﬁre training exercise, Sailors assigned to Riverine Squadron (RIVRON) 1 board a Riverine Patrol Boat simulating a hot extract at Fort Knox, Ky. RIVRON 1 completed a three-day ﬁeld exercise to prepare for their ﬁnal evaluation problem (FEP) that will qualify them for deployment.
Riverine Sailors complete ﬁnal phase of unit level training Training days 16 to 18 hours long, night vision used By MC2 Steven Hoskins Navy Expeditionary Combat Command Public Affairs
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Riverine Squadron (RIVRON) 1, Det. 2, completed their ﬁnal phase of unit level training including Category IV live-ﬁre exercises on the Salt River at Fort Knox, Ky., May 8 - 11. Category IV live-ﬁre drills are designed to challenge the squadron by presenting realworld scenarios that might occur during maritime security operations and global deployments. Throughout the training 55 Sailors, donned in full-body armor, practiced around the clock with one to four Riverine Patrol Boat (RPB) formations concentrating on effective patrolling techniques to defend against enemy attacks. Four-boat formation is used by Riverines on the river ways when they are extracting Riverine Sailors from hostile ﬁre, or inserting a Riverine Security Team (RST) ashore. The three-day evolution was led by the Maritime Land and Warfare Training Cell from Riverine Group (RIVGRU) 1. Before training began, the training cell gave a safety brief to the Riverines including daily weather forecast, that might affect visibility or restrict mobility like fog or rain, and wildlife in the area that might be aggressive or may cause illness from bites. The training cell also gave instruction on properly handling each weapon because of the high risks of a possible mishap, or a Sailor ﬁring weapons too close to each other. The training cell pushed scenarios out to the detachment that forced the team to
react to land and waterborne activities. After each evolution the boat crews and training cell debriefed and discussed discrepancies and strategies that related to positioning boats, using effective ﬁre power and proper communications. “We have to crawl before we walk,” said Lt. Gordan Van Hook RIVRON 1, Det. 2, ofﬁcer-in-charge. “This training prepared us to be able to transition to the ﬁnal mission problem (FMP) phase before we qualify as a deployable unit ready to answer the call when needed.” Van Hook explained the goal is to assure every Riverine Sailor is trained in all areas of operation, and to build trust and conﬁdence within the unit. After the safety brief training exercises began, the crews operated in 90 degree, smothering heat, sweat dripping from their bodies, sunlight blazing directly into faces. The coxswain was instructed to navigate the boat like a normal patrol until the exer-
cise built up to the scenario phase. Riverines navigated the RPB’s slowly down river at ﬁve to 10 knots, not one Riverine aboard knew what would happen next. Once the scenarios kicked into action, the sky was ﬁlled with smoke bombs and ﬂares, the sounds of live-ﬁre ammunition shooting from multiple boats side by side as the Sailors were brought deeper into the scenario. “It was a challenge to maneuver the boats with all the smoke and loud guns ﬁring all round us,” said Electronics Technician 2nd Class Alexander Hoover, RIVRON 1, Det. 2. “You really had to keep your focus so our crews could stay safe.” RPB crews are manned with ﬁve gunners, the coxswain and the boat captain. The gunners have a speciﬁc area of responsibility and sector of ﬁre to protect the crew and take down enemy targets; the coxswain navigates the boat and positions the boat in formations away from the danger
areas; the boat captain assesses every aspect of his boat from functions and capabilities to communicating formation orders and proper ﬁring direction and target points to the gunners. “Communication is single point of success,” said Chief Quartermaster Joshua Orbich, RIVRON 1, Det. 2 boat captain. “Accurate information being communicated from boat to boat or to the Riverine Security Team (RST) on land is essential to every evolution.” Riverines are able to operate 24 hours a day. Training days were usually 16 to 18 hours long. Sailors ate Meals, Ready-to-Eat (MRE) for sustainment and night vision was used to see, turning their night into day. Without night vision the Riverines wouldn’t be able to locate targets or navigate the boats and operations
Photos by MC2 Steven Hoskins Gunner’s Mate Seaman Edward Brand, assigned to Riverine Squadron (RIVRON) 1, ﬁres a GAU-17A from the bow of a Riverine Patrol Boat during a live-ﬁre exercise at Fort Knox, Ky.
would have to stop. During the live-ﬁre training, the detachment practiced various scenarios including recovery of an inoperable RPB using line ropes to secure and drag the downed boat out of danger and rescue and recover Riverine Sailors. “The training was stressful but amazing,” said Hoover. “It was an eye opener driving a boat 40 knots under night vision and seeing boats in front of you shooting at their 9 o’clock and a boat behind you shooting at their 9 o’clock, knowing that if you mess up at any given time you could
drive your entire craft and crew into harm’s way.” Riverines are the combat arms force of NECC and will merge with Maritime Expeditionary Security Force (MESF) to establish Coastal Riverine Force (CORIVFOR), June 1. CORIVFOR will perform core maritime expeditionary security missions in the green and brown waters bridging the gap between traditional Navy blue water operations and land-based forces, spanning the capabilities that currently reside with the Riverine and Expeditionary Security Force.
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Hurricane Prepared dness 2012 National Hurricane Preparedness Week 2012 runs from May 27 through June 2 Courtesy of noaa.gov
Heavy rainfall and inland ﬂooding
History teaches that a lack of hurricane awareness and preparation are common threads among all major hurricane disasters. By knowing your vulnerability and what actions you should take, you can reduce the effects of a hurricane disaster. Hurricane hazards come in many forms, including: storm surge, heavy rainfall, inland ﬂooding, high winds, tornadoes and rip currents. The National Weather Service is responsible for protecting life and property through issuance of timely watches and warnings, but it is essential that your family be ready before a storm approaches. Furthermore, mariners should be aware of special safety precautions when confronted with a hurricane. Download the Tropical Cyclone Preparedness Guide at www.weather.gov/ os/hurricane/resources/TropicalCyclones11.pdf. But remember, this is only a guide. The ﬁrst and most important thing anyone should do when facing a hurricane threat is to use common sense.
Tropical cyclones often produce widespread, torrential rains in excess of six inches, which may result in deadly and destructive ﬂoods. In fact, ﬂooding is the major threat from tropical cyclones for people living inland. Flash ﬂooding, deﬁned as a rapid rise in water levels, can occur quickly due to intense rainfall. Longer term ﬂooding on rivers and streams can persist for several days after the storm. Rainfall amounts are not directly related to the strength of tropical cyclones, but rather to the speed and size of the storm, as well as the geography of the area. Slower moving and larger storms produce more rainfall. In addition, mountainous terrain enhances rainfall from a tropical cyclone.
Hurricanes and tropical storms can also produce tornadoes. These tornadoes most often occur in thunderstorms embedded in rain bands well away from the center of the hurricane, however, they can also occur near the eyewall. Usually, tornadoes produced by tropical cyclones are relatively weak and short-lived, but they still pose a signiﬁcant threat.
Storm surge and storm tide Storm surge and large waves produced by hurricanes pose the greatest threat to life and property along the coast. Storm surge is an abnormal rise of water generated by a storm’s winds. Storm surge can reach heights well over 20 feet and can span hundreds of miles of coastline. Storm tide is the water level rise during a storm due to the combination of storm surge and the astronomical tide. The destructive power of storm surge and large battering waves can result in loss of life, buildings destroyed, beach and dune erosion and road and bridge damage along the coast. Storm surge can travel several miles inland. In estuaries and bayous, salt water intrusion endangers public health and the environment.
Rip currents The strong winds of a tropical cyclone can cause dangerous waves that pose a signiﬁcant hazard to mariners and coastal residents and visitors. When the waves break along the coast, they can produce deadly rip currents – even at large distances from the storm. Rip currents are channeled currents of water ﬂowing away from shore, usually extending past the line of breaking waves, that can pull even the strongest swimmers away from shore. In 2008, despite the fact that Hurricane Bertha was more than a 1,000 miles offshore, the storm resulted in rip currents that killed three people along the New Jersey coast and required 1,500 lifeguard rescues in Ocean City, Md. over a one week period. In 2009, all six deaths in the United States directly attributable to tropical cyclones occurred as the result of drowning from large waves or strong rip currents. To ﬁnd out more information about rip currents, visit www.ripcurrents.noaa.gov.
Navy Family Accountability and Assessment System (NFAAS) standardizes a method for the Navy to account, assess, manage and monitor the recovery process for personnel and their families affected and/or scattered by a wide-spread catastrophic event. NFAAS provides valuable information to all levels of the Navy chain of command, allowing commanders to make strategic decisions which facilitate a return to stability. NFAAS allows Navy personnel to do the following: ■ Report accounting status ■ Update contact/location information ■ Complete needs assessment ■ View reference information
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To update your information in NFAAS, visit https://navyfamily.navy.mil. A Common Access Card (CAC), or username and password is required. If a disaster is declared, Sailors have three options: Check in directly with their commands and provide the status and whereabouts of their family members – commands will then upload the information to NFAAS; Use the Internet to logon to NFAAS to muster and report your needs; If an Internet-ready computer is not accessible, call the Navy Personnel Command Emergency Coordination Center at (877) 414-5358, or (866) 2971971 (TDD).
The Atlantic hurricane season runs from June 1 to Nov. 30, and the Eastern Paciﬁc hurricane season runs from May 15 to Nov. 30. The Atlantic basin includes the Atlantic Ocean, Caribbean Sea and Gulf of Mexico. The Eastern Paciﬁc basin extends to 140°W.
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Dominion Virginiia Power preparing for hurricane seasonn, urges customers to do same Press Release Dominion Virginia Power
Dominion Virginia Power is making sure it’s prepared for the June 1 start of hurricane season and urges its customers to get ready, too. To help keep the lights on, Dominion Virginia Power is spending more than $1.7 billion over about a two-year period to strengthen its electric grid, support growing demand for electricity and improve service reliability for its 2.4 million customers. This initiative is designed to do an even better job of keeping the lights on and restoring service as quickly and safely as possible when they are not. “We will be ready if it happens,” said Rodney Blevins, vice president-Distribution Operations. “We know that when a storm hits, customers count on us to get the power back on safely and as quickly as humanly possible – and
Warnings, safety tips and power restoration reports will be available on Twitter at www. twitter.com/ DomVAPower and on Facebook at www.facebook. com/dominion virginiapower.
Hurricanes reaching Category 3 and higher are considered major hurricanes because of their potential for signiﬁcant loss of life and damage. Category 1 and 2 storms are still dangerous, however, and require preventative measures. In the Western North Paciﬁc, the term “super typhoon” is used for tropical cyclones with sustained winds exceeding 150 mph.
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■ look out for warnings Warnings will be posted on the main page of the Dominion Virginia Power’s website, www.dom.com, when a major storm is imminent.
The Safﬁr-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale is a one to ﬁve rating based on a hurricane’s sustained wind speed. This scale estimates potential property damage.
Tropical cyclone climatology A tropical cyclone is a rotating, organized system of clouds and thunderstorms that originates over tropical or subtropical waters and has a closed lowlevel circulation. Tropical cyclones rotate counterclockwise in the Northern Hemisphere. They are classiﬁed as follows: Tropical Depression: A tropical cyclone with maximum sustained winds of 38 mph (33 knots) or less. Tropical Storm: A tropical cyclone with maximum sustained winds of 39 to 73 mph (34 to 63 knots). Hurricane: A tropical cyclone with maximum sustained winds of 74 mph (64 knots) or higher. In the Western North Paciﬁc, hurricanes are called typhoons; similar storms in the Indian Ocean and South Paciﬁc Ocean are called cyclones. Major Hurricane: A tropical cyclone with maximum sustained winds of 111 mph (96 knots) or higher, corresponding to a Category 3, 4 or 5 on the SafﬁrSimpson Hurricane Wind Scale.
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Very dangerous winds will produce some damage: Well-constructed frame homes could have damage to roof, shingles, vinyl siding and gutters. Large branches of trees will snap and shallowly rooted trees may be toppled. Extensive damage to power lines and poles likely will result in power outages that could last a few to several days.
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Catastrophic damage will occur: Well-built framed homes can sustain severe damage with loss of most of the roof structure and/or some exterior walls. Most trees will be snapped or uprooted and power poles downed. Fallen trees and power poles will isolate residential areas. Power outages will last weeks to possibly months. Most of the area will be uninhabitable for weeks or months.
you can move through the automated system to report your outage or receive an update. 3. Treat all downed lines and anything touching them as energized and dangerous. Be sure your children know the danger. 4. Keep needed supplies, such as ﬂashlights, water, medicines, portable radios, extra batteries and canned goods on hand. 5. Look after neighbors and relatives who may need assistance if they lose power. Dominion uses the latest in communications technology to keep its customers informed about storm threats, damage to the electric system and restoration efforts. Warnings will be posted on the main page of the company’s website, www.dom.com, when a major storm is imminent. Warnings, safety tips and power restoration reports will be available on Twitter at www.twitter.com/DomVAPower and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/dominionvirginiapower.
157+ mph 137+ kt 252+ km/h
Catastrophic damage will occur: A high percentage of framed homes will be destroyed, with total roof failure and wall collapse. Fallen trees and power poles will isolate residential areas. Power outages will last for weeks to possibly months. Most of the area will be uninhabitable for weeks or months.
Water: at least 1 gallon daily per person for 3 to 7 days Food: at least enough for 3 to 7 days ■ non-perishable packaged or canned food / juices ■ foods for infants or the elderly ■ snack foods ■ non-electric can opener ■ cooking tools / fuel ■ paper plates / plastic utensils Pet care items: ■ proper identiﬁcation / immunization records / medications ■ ample supply of food and water ■ a carrier or cage ■ muzzle and leash Blankets / pillows, etc. Clothing: seasonal / rain gear/ sturdy shoes First Aid Kit: medicines / prescription drugs Special items: for babies and the elderly Toiletries: hygiene items / moisture wipes Flashlight / batteries Radio: battery operated and NOAA weather radio Telephones: Fully charged cell phone with extra battery and a traditional (not cordless) telephone set Cash (with some small bills) and credit cards: banks and ATM’s may not be available for extended periods Keys Toys, books and games Important documents: in a waterproof container or watertight resealable plastic bag (insurance, medical records, bank account numbers, Social Security Card, etc.) Tools: keep a set with you during the storm Vehicle fuel tanks ﬁlled
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NWDC hosts I.C. Norcom High School NJROTC cadets Thirty-one students participated in base tour, mentor session By David Todd The Flagship Managing Editor
Navy Junior Reserve Ofﬁcers Training Corps (NJROTC) cadets from I.C. Norcom High School in Portsmouth participated in a base tour and question and answer mentor session luncheon with Navy members from Navy Warfare Development Command in Norfolk, May 18. At the beginning of the base tour, the cadets visited Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron One Two Zero (VAW-120) onboard Naval Courtesy of Lt. Cmdr. Colleen Ignacio Station Norfolk. There they I.C. Norcom High School Navy Junior Reserve Ofﬁcers Training Corps cadets with Lt. Neil Fletcher (far left), an E-2C Hawkeye instructor met Lt. Neil Fletcher, VAWfrom Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron One Two Zero (VAW-120) onboard Naval Station Norfolk. 120 Public Affairs Ofﬁcer and an E-2C Hawkeye instructor. Fletcher answered questions about both the E-2C Hawkeye and the C-2A Greyhound, and interacted with the cadets who were very eager to learn about what the Navy has to offer. “There was a lot of positive response,” said Lt. Cmdr. Colleen Ignacio, from Navy Warfare Development Command. “They were very fascinated by actually being able to go inside the cockpit and seeing the aircraft. A lot of them said, ‘Wow, I didn’t realize there were so many buttons.” She said that the information the students received on the base tour was both beneﬁcial and enlightening for many of the cadets. Information that may one day guide them into a promising new career, or possibly spark an interest in furthering their education. “I think it’s extremely important, and the reason why is just because of a lot of their backgrounds,” she explained. “A lot of them may not be exposed directly to the military, and being able to actually come onboard the base and get a full understanding of what we do ... information about what the Navy does, about the space, and the fact Military personnel receive 15% off monthly qualiﬁed charges. that we have aircraft that are ﬂying 24/7 around us to keep us safe ... a lot of that information was something that they probably wouldn’t necessarily get, or stuff that they would get and they can now link it to what they learn in history.” During the question and answer session, the cadets were treated to a box lunch and had the opportunity to talk with a focused group of mentors in speciﬁc Navy jobs that many of the students had expressed interest in pursuing when Ignacio met with the students back in March. The mentor panel consisted of Cmdr. Karen Alexander,
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Ships celebrate Asian American and Paciﬁc Islander Heritage Month Logistics Specialist 3rd Class Joemarie Roslin and Electrician’s Mate Fireman Karl Magnus Macayan perform a harana, a traditional Filipino serenade, during an Asian American and Paciﬁc Islander Heritage Month celebration aboard the USS Kearsarge.
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USS ENTERPRISE, AT SEA
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Sailors aboard the multipurpose amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3) held an Asian American and Pacific Islander Month ceremony on the mess decks, May 20. The ceremony was held to commemorate those Sailors who are of Asian and Paciﬁc Islander heritage for the significant events and achievements they have accomplished in the United States. The theme this year is “Striving for Excellence in Leadership, Diversity and Inclusion.” Sailors recited poems and shared some personal stories about their heritage and their contributions to our great nation. One of the guest speakers, Senior Chief Aviation Electronics Technician Lilia Blair, took the opportunity to share some stories of her family history. She also expressed the difﬁculties in being not only Asian Paciﬁc, but being a female too. “Growing up was hard due to the fact that I was an Asian Paciﬁc female,” said Blair.
“The thing that kept me going was that I wanted to pursue the dream of following in my father’s footsteps.” Blair’s father retired as a master chief in the Navy after 30 years of honorable service. Ship’s Serviceman 2nd Class Rosario Dilayre took part in reading the poem entitled “Memories of my Hometown.” Dilayre mentioned how she was thankful for being part of the celebration and wants everyone to be open minded because it is diverse everywhere Sailors go. “We are only given one chance to represent our culture every year, so we want to let everyone know who we are and where we came from,” she said. The other guest speaker, Ens. Crystal Gonzalez also shared some stories of her childhood and what it was like to get picked on as a child due to the way she looked. “I would get picked on by other kids because of the way my hair and eyes looked,” she said. The one thing that she wanted everyone to get from her story is do not let anyone bring you down and to embrace your diversity.
“I want every Sailor to be proud of who you are and to enjoy your diversity,” she said. Capt. Dorian F. Jones, Commanding Ofﬁcer, Kearsarge, concluded the ceremony by sharing examples of how Asians and Paciﬁc Islanders impact our Navy today. “Asians and Paciﬁc Islanders have served in the military since World War I. Their patriotism runs deep among the culture,” he said. According to the Defense Department’s Equal Opportunity Ofﬁce, there are currently more than 284,000 Asian and Paciﬁc Islander military veterans. In the Navy alone, there are more than 20,000 Asian and Paciﬁc Islanders that make up our total naval force. Included are nine admirals and 191 master chief petty ofﬁcers. “The ideas and the diversity of thoughts of our people have always strengthened our nation and our Navy. Diversity keeps us strong and empowers our ability to defend freedoms not only here on the homefront, but all over the world,” said Jones. “Diversity allows us to do this without prejudice of ethnicity or cultural background, and that is why we remain the most powerful ﬁghting force in the world.”
Sailors and Marines aboard aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVN 65) celebrated Asian American and Paciﬁc Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month in the ship’s hangar bay, May 18. Celebrated across the nation during May, Asian American and Paciﬁc Islander Heritage Month is a celebration of Asians and Paciﬁc Islanders living in the U.S. Enterprise’s Multicultural Heritage Committee (MCHC) was responsible for planning and hosting the observance as the aircraft carrier continues its 22nd and ﬁnal deployment. The observance focuses on this year’s theme: “Striving for Excellence in Leadership, Diversity and Inclusion.”
“This celebration is about bringing together all the different ethnicities of Asian countries and to represent their cultures,” said Hospital Corpsman 1st Class John Julian, a member of Enterprise’s MCHC. The show included dances, songs, informational speeches, a poetry reading and a “Haka,” from Samoa, an island nation in the South Paciﬁc. “A Haka is basically a war chant,” said Chief Aviation Structural Mechanic Lorraine Marie C. Secord, a member of Enterprise’s MCHC. “The chant was created as a way to intimidate enemies.” The dance portion of the show included Hula, an interpretive dance style from the South Paciﬁc. “There is a lot of diversity in the Asian and Paciﬁc Island countries,” said Julian. “Of
course, you have the big countries that everyone knows like China and Japan, but you also have smaller countries, like Thailand and a lot of islands that many people have never even heard about.” Lt. j.g. Hosannah R. Quino, the master of ceremonies for the event, said the observance is a celebration for everyone and that it can serve as a great learning experience for the entire crew. “When I ﬁrst joined the U.S. Navy I wasn’t sure how diverse it really was,” said Quino. “When you start seeing events like this, it makes you feel like the Navy, and America as a whole, is embracing you and your culture. It gives you that sense of home. I’m very excited about this, seeing the dances and hearing the songs and poems. I like trying different foods and learning about different cultures. It’s kind of magical.”
USS JAMES E. WILLIAMS By MC3 Daniel J. Meshel Enterprise Carrier Strike Group Public Affairs
USS JAMES E. WILLIAMS, AT SEA
As people across the U.S. recognize the month of May as Asian American and Paciﬁc Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month, Sailors aboard guided-missile destroyer USS James E. Williams (DDG 95) celebrate and educate the crew on its culture and history. The Diversity and Heritage Committee aboard James E. Williams, comprised of Sailors from multiple backgrounds and cultures, serve as an organization driven to celebrate and embrace the different cultures of the crew, including those cultures recognized during AAPI Heritage Month. “Our goal is to educate the crew,” said Yeoman 2nd Class Brandy Stiles, the ship’s secretary and president of the Diversity and Heritage Committee. “We also try to have fun and boost morale with everything that we do.”
The committee spreads awareness through ﬂyers, events and celebrations. “We are posting information about AAPI Heritage Month around the ship for everyone to read,” said Electronics Technician 3rd Class Charlotte Williams, secretary of the Diversity and Heritage Committee. “This includes a background and history of the month, as well as famous Americans that are of Asian and Paciﬁc Islander decent.” Apart from educating the crew, the Diversity and Heritage Committee is hosting a special meal prepared by the ship’s culinary specialists, aimed at celebrating Asian and Paciﬁc Island cuisine through a diverse selection and sampling different recipes from around the world. James E. Williams is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and supporting missions as part of Operation Enduring Freedom.
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MC1 Chad J. McNeeley Secretary of Defense Leon E. Panetta escorts 93-year-old Sarah Shay to lay a wreath in remembrance of her son Maj. Donald Shay, Jr., missing in action from the Vietnam War for 42 years, at a ceremony commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., May 28.
| President said, “The country owes these Americans for their service.” Continued from front efits they need; by caring for our Wounded Warriors and supporting our military families; and by giving veterans the chance to go to college, find a good job and enjoy the freedom that they risked everything to protect,” he said.
The country owes these Americans for their service, Obama said. “Our men and women in uniform took an oath to defend our country at all costs, and today, as members of the ﬁnest military the world has ever known, they uphold that oath with dignity and courage,” he said. Americans need to let these veterans and their families know they are appreciated and cherished. “On Memorial Day, we come together as Americans to let these families and veterans know that they are not alone,” the president said. “We give thanks for those who sacriﬁced everything so that we could be free. And we commit ourselves to upholding the ideals for which so many patriots have fought and died.”
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veterans at end of the third inning members and Delayed Entry Program members also recited the Oath of Enlistment before the start of the game. At the end of the third inning, the Mets welcomed veterans by recognizing the veteran of the game. “Thank you to New York for having us and thank you to the Mets for giving us awesome seats and letting us meet all the players in the dugout,” said Marine Cpl. Ronald Smith of 1st Battalion, 9th Marines, Bravo Company, who was the veteran of the game. “We’re getting treated like
We’re getting treated like celebrities and it doesn’t happen very often, so it’s been great.” - Marine Cpl. Ronald Smith
celebrities and it doesn’t happen very often, so it’s been great.” More than 6,000 service men and women arrived aboard ships for Fleet Week
New York. This year, Fleet Week New York is one of the signature events around the country commemorating OpSail 2012, the Bicentennial of the War of 1812 and “The Star-Spangled Banner.” The commemoration of the 200th Anniversary of the War of 1812 is a salute to all Sailors and Marines who fought gallantly in that conﬂict, who served in all our nation’s conﬂicts since then and who are defending freedom around the world today. For more information visit the official Fleet Week New York City website at w w w. f l e e t w e e k n ew y o r k . com or find “Fleet Week New York” on Facebook.
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online For more news from USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75), PORTSMOUTH The crew of USS Harry S. visit www.navy.mil/local/ Truman (CVN 75) conduced cvn75. its annual Summer Safety Standdown, May 22 - 24. The standdown was de“The star of the show this signed to combat the “101 time was the hypnotist. We critical days of summer,” try different things to make the days between Memorial it interesting, because if we Day and Labor Day when come at it from that angle accidents become more it will be more memorable prevalent as Sailors venture and effective,” said Machinout to enjoy the summer ist’s Mate 1st Class James weather, said Aviation Ord- McGraw. nanceman 1st Class CartTo measure how effective drell McCarns. the standdowns are, Tru“A lot of times during the man’s safety department summer, people just want collects weekly “Injury and to get out and have fun. The Illness” reports from medisafety standdown was like cal department and comhaving a conscience on your piles the information to proshoulder, a little voice in your duce statistics. ear reminding you to think “After a standdown we before you act,” said McCa- typically see a drop in car acrns. “We encourage you to cident and injury data. About have fun during the summer, half of our injuries are work but to put some thought into related and the other half happen outside work,” said it. Think before you do.” Truman has two safety Lt. Amanda Dillinger, safety standdowns a year, one in assistant ofﬁcer. the spring and one in the fall. According to safety deUSS Harry S. Truman Public Affairs
After a standdown, we typically see a drop in car accident and injury data.” - Lt. Amanda Dillinger, safety assistant ofﬁcer
partment, as of May 22, 31 percent of all reported injuries happen while walking around the ship, or to and from the parking lots. The second leading cause of injuries to Truman Sailors are motor vehicles. Sports are the third leading cause of injuries. Truman is undergoing a docking planned incremental availability at Norfolk Naval Shipyard and is scheduled to return to the ﬂeet this summer.
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Tall ships, concerts and much more ... Approximately 6,000 Sailors, Marines and Coast Guardsmen descended upon New York City to celebrate Fleet Week New York 2012, May 23 - 30.
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Block Party kicks off Fleet Week New York By MCSN Karen Blankenship Navy Public Affairs Support Element East
It’s much bigger than we’ve had in the past. This event is spectacular in that we’ve got everybody involved.” - Bob Murphy, USO volunteer and a director of the event
MC2 Drae Parker Singer Katy Perry performs for service members during a Block Party at the Brooklyn Piers during Fleet Week New York 2012. This year marks the 25th year the city has celebrated the nation’s sea services.
Press Release U.S. Fleet Forces Public Affairs
■ Sailors taking the E5 test saw their advancement opportunity increase from 20.68 percent to 30.94 percent.
■ Sailors taking the E6 test saw their advancement opportunity increase from 10.75 percent to 16.18 percent.
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MORE THAN 29,000 SAILORS ARE ON THEIR WAY TO ADVANCEMENT
Press Release Chief of Naval Personnel Public Affairs
Navy leaders opened advancement opportunity to higher levels this cycle
to ﬁll ﬂeet vacancies with Sailors possessing the skills and experience required. “As part of the 21st Century Sailor and Marine initiative focus on readiness, our goal is to provide the ﬂeet with the right Sailor with the right skills and the right experience level to maximize Navy’s readiness,” said Rear Adm. Tony Kurta,
» see RESULTS | B7
■ links to full advancement lists Active duty: http://1.usa.gov/JqEn12 Navy full-time support Sailors: http://1.usa.gov/JKnorR Canvaser recruiters: http://1.usa.gov/LzjPaK
HSV-2 Swift Sailors, Marines gives back to Namibia By Ens. Joe Keiley HSV-2 Swift Public Affairs
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Sailors and Marines assigned to High Speed Vessel Swift 2 (HSV-2) participated in a pair of community service projects during an Africa Partnership Station (APS) port visit to Namibia, May 22 - 23.
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Fleet Forces launches breathalyzer beta test
■ Sailors taking the E4 test saw their advancement opportunity increase from 30.97 percent to 45.83 percent.
Petty Ofﬁcer list released on May 25
Fleet Week New York 2012 ofﬁcially kicked off with a Block Party and concert at the port authority, May 23. The USO hosted the event to welcome participating ships for Fleet Week and OpSail 2012. In attendance were Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan Greenert, Pepsi Vice President of U.S. and Canada Sales Mike Spanos, actor Wilmer Valderrama and national recording artist Katy Perry. “We come here every year. It’s the No. 1 Fleet Week,” said Greenert. “I just look forward to seeing Sailors attending and mixing with the people of New York, many of them are New Yorkers, and having New York meet their Navy.” Held nearly every year since 1984, Fleet Week New York is the city’s celebration of the sea services. Fleet Week New York provides an opportunity for the citizens of New York City and the surrounding tri-state area to meet Sailors, Marines and Coast Guardsmen, as well as see, ﬁrsthand, the latest capabilities of today’s maritime services. More than 6,000 service men and women from the U.S.
In two days and in two separate areas, Swift’s crew took time to build fences to protect natural resources while also taking moments to make children smile, ensuring that community engagements conducted in Namibia met the core mission of APS, to strengthen relationships and build
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I think you can say that you’ve been in one of the biggest parks in Africa and that you’ve helped here.” - Rob Braby, project coordinator, Namibia Ministry of Environment and Tourism
U.S. Fleet Forces Command (USFF) launched a beta test, May 23, to obtain ﬂeet feedback that will help determine the most effective approach for implementation of a Navy-wide alcohol breathalyzer program. The 21st Century Sailor and Marine initiative, announced by the Secretary of the Navy in March, outlined the Navy-wide breathalyzer program as a way to increase fleet alcohol education and awareness and to provide commanders with another tool to ensure the health and safety of Sailors by identifying potential alcohol abuse. USFF has selected 13 sea and shore commands to participate in the beta test, which runs from May 24 through Sept. 30. All data collected will be consolidated under a summary recommendation and forwarded to the ofﬁce of the Navy’s Chief of Naval Operations (OPNAV) to be considered for implementation into the ﬁnal policy. “This beta test will be used to identify, develop and make recommendations on speciﬁc processes, procedures and policies to effectively implement the use of alcohol breathalyzers in the Navy,” said USFF Fleet Master Chief Mike Stevens, who’s working in coordination with USFF’s Breathalyzer Implementation Team on the beta test. “By obtaining feedback from the ﬂeet, we’re ensuring the ﬁnal policy will be fully executable and will serve as a tool that beneﬁts individual organizations and Sailors.”
■ awareness The 21st Century Sailor and Marine initiative, announced in March, outlined the Navywide breathalyzer program as a way to increase ﬂeet alcohol education and awareness, and to provide commanders with another tool to ensure the health and safety of Sailors by identifying potential alcohol abuse.
USFF’s breathalyzer implementation team met with the leadership of all 13 commands involved in the beta test to issue equipment, provide training and issue speciﬁc guidance. Participating commands will provide detailed feedback to the implementation team throughout the test. Under the Navy program, the breathalyzer will be used primarily as an education and prevention tool. Breathalyzer results alone will not be used as the sole evidentiary basis for punitive or adverse administrative action. Participating commands include: USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77); USS Kearsarge (LHD 3); USS Montpelier (SSN 765); USNS Apache (T-ATF-172); Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 2; Assault Craft Unit (ACU) 4; the staff of Commander, Submarine Forces Atlantic; Navy Expeditionary Intelligence Command, Explosive Ordnance Disposal Training and Evaluation Unit (EODTEU) 2; Navy Information Operations Command, Norfolk; Naval Computer and Telecommunications Area Master Station Atlantic; Navy Operational Support Center, Norfolk; and the USFF staff.
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■ about the program Our Military Kids provides substantial support in the form of grants to the children of National Guard and military reserve personnel who are currently deployed overseas, as well as the children of Wounded Warriors in all branches. The grants from Our Military Kids pay for participation in sports, ﬁne arts, camps and tutoring programs that nurture and sustain children while a parent is away in service to our country or recovering from injury.
Courtesy photo Our Military Kids, which began in 2004, awarded 9,150 grants worth $3.75 million last year. The grants are reserved for children of deployed National Guard and reserve members, as well as children of service members severely wounded in Afghanistan or Iraq, whether they are active, National Guard, reserve, or retired. Families may receive up to $500 per child.
Grants help kids stay active By Lisa Daniel American Forces Press Service
When Decorda Owens’ father deployed to Afghanistan last year with the Mississippi Army National Guard, the 13-year-old stepped up to take care of the family yard work and help his mother with his three younger sisters. Like so many children of Guard and reserve members, Owens didn’t have the support of a military base where he lives in Starkville, Miss., yet he’d assumed a lot of stress and responsibility. The shining light for him was a grant from the Our Military Kids, a non-proﬁt group that allowed him to pursue his passion for hip-hop dancing. As summer approaches and families search for camps, activities and possibly
tutors to get the kids through those long three months, they should know about Our Military Kids. The organization, which began in 2004, awarded 9,150 grants worth $3.75 million last year. The grants are reserved for children of deployed National Guard and reserve members, as well as children of service members severely wounded in Afghanistan or Iraq, whether they are active, National Guard, reserve, or retired. Families may receive up to $500 per child. Owens and four other children of National Guard and reserve members traveled to Washington for an April 19 event to showcase how they’ve used Our Military Kids grants while their parent was deployed. The children, all honored as Our Military Kids of the Year for their high achievement,
danced and performed various musical instruments before a packed auditorium at the Naval Heritage Center as proof of the nonproﬁt’s good investment. The organization even appealed to top Navy leadership to cut short the deployment of Petty Ofﬁcer Christopher Karnbach, a Navy reservist deployed to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba a couple weeks early so he could surprise his family and join them on stage as Our Military Kids’ Military Family of the Year. They agreed, and Karnbach had an emotional reunion with his wife, Anne Marie; son, Christopher; and daughter, Abigail, both of whom demonstrated that they’ve learned to break boards with Tae Kwon Do kicks from lessons provided by the grants. “It’s been a great opportunity for my children and I’m sure for everybody else’s to give them something to think about besides having a deployed parent,” Karnbach said of the grant money the couple’s two children received to take Tae Kwon Do lessons. The military’s top leaders frequently tout the importance of public-private partnerships to support military families and Our Military Kids, supported by public and corporate money, is a good example.
SPOUSES SEEING MORE JOB CHOICES By Lisa Daniel American Forces Press Service
Exciting changes are underway for military spouses that could affect families who serve for generations to come. It used to be, in the not-sodistant past, that a decision to marry into the military was a decision to not have a career of your own. Even if a spouse could juggle the demands of military home life plus a paid position, who would hire her (95 percent are female, according to Defense Department ﬁgures) knowing she would be gone in a couple of years due to a forced military relocation? And how would she even get to the point of applying for a job if she had to renew her professional license – nurse, teacher, realtor, therapist, just to name a few with such requirements – in every new state? Both of those employment hurdles are getting lower as Defense Department, White House and non-proﬁt entities rally state legislators and the corporate and business communities to make things easier. Through the work of DoD’s Military Community and Family Policy Ofﬁce and Michelle Obama and Jill Biden’s “Joining Forces” campaign, 16 states have passed laws to improve professional license portability, and another 11 have legislation pending. Also, DoD’s Military Spouse Employment Partnership recently added 34 employer “partners” for a total of 128 that post jobs on the site speciﬁc to military spouses. As part of the program, the employers –
CACI, General Dynamics, Dell, Microsoft, American Red Cross, GEICO and Sterling Medical are just a few – agree that their positions can move with hired spouses. The catalyst for change has been the spouses themselves who spoke up about the need. Indeed, DoD ofﬁcials say 85 percent of military spouses have responded that they either want or need a paid job. One spouse who turned her frustration into action is Lauren Weiner, a former federal employee analyst with the White House budget ofﬁce, whose career came to a halt when she relocated with her husband, Charles, a Navy civilian, to Naples, Italy, in 2004. Unable to ﬁnd a senior-level professional job on-base – and spouses aren’t permitted to work off-base in Naples – Weiner networked with Naples-based wives and found others in the same situation. Weiner responded by starting her own government consulting business, Wittenberg Weiner Consulting, LLC. In just a few weeks, she hired her friend, Donna Huneycutt, a lawyer and Navy wife, to help keep up with the expanding workload. Together, the two built the business – Wittenberg as president, Huneycutt as executive vice president – to what is now a 60-person ﬁrm in which 75 percent of employees are military spouses. Besides giving back by hiring other spouses, Wittenberg Weiner last year started the non-proﬁt, In Gear. It provides a forum for community sup-
One jump changed my life By Bianca Martinez Military Spouse Contributor
It’s amazing how certain adventures can open your eyes wide to things that have been around you for a long time. I had the amazing opportunity to be a part of “Jumping for a Purpose” over the holiday weekend. TroopSwap and Wounded Wear gathered Wounded Warriors from all over and let them jump out of a perfectly good airplane thanks to Skydive Suffolk. I was lucky enough to jump right out alongside them. Now, I have jumped tandem before. I have seen the Earth from 14,000 feet two other times in my life. My ﬁrst jump over the North Shore of Hawaii was incredibly beautiful. So, who thought that this would be the jump that brought tears to my eyes. The view I had this weekend was absolutely breathtaking. There I was watching amputees, those who have been burned and lost eyes in IED attacks do what many could not even think of doing. Jason Redman, the founder of Wounded Wear, is himself a Wounded Warrior and his strength came out in the opening ceremony when he said in response to social media posts about the meaning of Memorial Day, “I would gladly get shot in the face again if that meant my daughter would be able to barbecue on this holiday without fear of losing her freedom.” As he said those words, Tyler Southern, a young Marine and triple amputee nodded in agreement. Southern is a incredible illustration of bravery and a wonderful example of these men and women who have given so much for our peace of mind. Not only is he positive, but he is absolutely hilarious and kept everyone’s nerves in check as we ﬁlled out our paperwork for our skydive. I hope everyone in a situation like his, really just everyone in general, can take something away from meeting him this weekend and can incorporate his positivity into their lives. If you did not get a chance to be a part of the event, do it next year! It will leave an impression with you like no other event in Hampton Roads. For more information, go to www.woundedwear.org.
Courtesy photo Through the “Joining Forces” campaign, 16 states have passed laws to improve professional license portability, and another 11 have legislation pending.
port, information-sharing and mentoring for career-minded military spouses. It also partners with other organizations working to support the professional endeavors of military spouses, such as the Military Spouse JD Network, which is working to ease state-by-state attorney licensure requirements for military spouses. “We realized there was this incredibly talented pool of spouses out there,” said Huneycutt, “and we wanted to make sure
this was more than a pit stop in those spouses’ careers.” Weiner and Huneycutt represent a growing number of spouses who refuse to accept that a military life means the end of their working life – or a 20-year hiatus. Military spouses who want to work outside the home in any ﬁeld are getting more opportunities all the time and that is good for everyone – spouses, service members and the military community as a whole.
Courtesy photo Bianca Martinez ﬂies in the sky over Suffolk.
You can catch Bianca Martinez anchoring the 4 p.m., 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. newscasts with Kurt Williams, Barbara Ciara, and Juliet Bickford during the work week. You can also follow her laughter, stress and tears as a military wife in her blog, “Married to the Military,” weekly in the Flagship. Reach out to Bianca at email@example.com.
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SERVICE MEMBERS VISIT BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB OF HARLEM Lessons focused on the history of The War of 1812 By MC1 Katherine Hofman Chief of Naval Personnel Public Affairs
Sailors, Marines and Coast Guardsmen visited Fredrick Douglas Academy in Harlem to share their experiences of serving in the maritime services during the kick off of Fleet Week New York 2012, May 23.
The service members were welcomed by the students with a standing ovation and an introduction by Principal Joseph Gates. “I want to encourage you to say thank you to the service members and show appreciation for their dedication to this country. As principal, I am deeply honored to have you [service members] in this building. You are the most noble and honorable profession,” he said. The educational assembly was sponsored by the Boys & Girls Club of Harlem to create an opportunity for giving the
children positive experiences. “Quite often we have young people who have family, who have parents, grandparents, great grandparents who have served this country, but don’t see the real value that it brings to their lives,” said Gisele C. Shorter, Executive Director of the Boys & Girls Club of Harlem. “We need to make sure young people honor the service and recognize what it does to the communities, to our larger country and the value of saying thank you.” Students were then shown the traditional presentation of colors
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Trace Adkins performs live Above: Trace Adkins performs for service members at the Rock the Fleet event during Fleet Week New York 2012. Left: Cmdr. Richard Sessoms, assigned to the USS Wasp (LHD 1), explains the ﬂight deck layout to country music star Trace Adkins during a tour.
by the U.S. Coast Guard color guard followed by a presentation of on the War of 1812 by Operations Specialist Seaman Mallory Chappell, of Carrier Strike Group 10 (CCSG 10). Wearing a traditional 1812 Navy uniform she provided the historical period piece of the Fleet Week New York 2012 presentation. “Something that I’m passionate about fell in line with what the Navy needed,” said Chappell. “More Sailors know about War of 1812, because of the commemoration.” Navy Band Northeast ended the presentation by treating the students to a rousing jazz music performance. “Young people have to see it to live in a world with possibilities, where they imagine themselves as potential members of the Armed Forces,” said Shorter. “We invite young people to step into the world of possibilities to think beyond the immediacy. That comes through oneon-one interaction with adults that are telling their stories,” said Shorter. Held nearly every year since 1984, Fleet Week New York is the city’s celebration of the sea services. Fleet Week New York provides an opportunity for the citizens of New York City and the surrounding tri-state area to meet Sailors, Marines and Coast Guardsmen, as well as see, ﬁrsthand, the latest capabilities of today’s maritime services. This year, Fleet Week New York is one of the signature events around the country commemorating OpSail 2012, the Bicentennial of the War of 1812 and “The Star-Spangled Banner.” The commemoration of the 200th Anniversary of the War of 1812 is a salute to all Sailors and Marines who fought gallantly in that conﬂict, who served in all our nation’s conﬂicts since then, and who are
Senior Chief Religious Program Specialist Lissett Araiza introduces service members from the Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard during a Fleet Week New York 2012 event hosted by the Boys & Girls Club of Harlem.
Photos by MC2 Jason Daniel Johnston The U.S. Navy Band Northeast performs during a Fleet Week New York 2012 event hosted by the Boys & Girls Club of Harlem at the Frederick Douglas Academy.
defending freedom around the world today. More than 6,000 service men and women from the U.S. and coalition nations are participating in Fleet Week New York this year.
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Ships sail into New York City for Fleet Week celebration Press Release Navy Region Mid-Atlantic Public Affairs
Six U.S. Navy ships, three U.S. Coast Guard cutters and 12 coalition ships from around the world sailed into New York harbor to commence Fleet Week New York 2012, May 23. Approximately 6,000 Sailors, Marines and Coast Guardsmen descended upon the city to celebrate the 25th year of Fleet Week New York, which took place, May 23 - 30. This year, the sea services join together to commemorate the Bicentennial of the War of 1812. Fleet Week has been New York City’s celebration of the sea services since 1984. It is an unparalleled opportunity for citizens of New York and the surrounding area to meet Sailors, Marines and Coast Guardsmen, as well as see, ﬁrsthand, the latest capabilities of today’s maritime services. “I’m glad to be here with the Wasp to commemorate the War of 1812 and to get to be home and see my family since I haven’t seen them in quite some time,” said Aviation Support Equipment Technician 2nd Class Angel Garcia, from Bronx, New York, and currently stationed aboard USS Wasp (LHD 1). Navy ships participating in this year’s commemoration include: multipurpose am-
Being a part of Fleet Week is awesome. Last year I was in Afghanistan on the bird to go over there and this year I’m here at Fleet Week in New York City, back in my hometown.”
MC1 (SW/AW) Monique K. Hilley Above: The U.S. Navy Blue Angels perform a ﬂyover during the Parade of Sail, which commences Fleet Week New York each year. Fleet Week New York 2012 marks the 25th year the city has celebrated the nation’s sea services.
- Lance Cpl. Dennis Cox
phibious assault ship Wasp, the Ticonderoga-class cruiser USS San Jacinto (CG 56) and the Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyers USS Mitscher (DDG 57), USS Gonzalez (DDG 66), USS Donald Cook (DDG 75) and USS Roosevelt (DDG 80). Wasp and Roosevelt docked in Manhattan, New York at Piers 90 and 92 ... all other U.S. Navy ships docked at Sullivan’s Homeport Pier in Staten Island, New York. The U.S. Coast Guard signature ship, Eagle, docked at Pier 90 in Manhattan, while two additional Coast Guard cutters, along with several coalition ships will dock in Brooklyn at the Port Authority Piers. Public visitations of the U.S. Navy ships commenced
Left: The Ecuadorian Navy sail training ship BAE Guayas (BE 21) sails past the Statue of Liberty to participate in Fleet Week New York 2012.
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on May 24 and concluded on May 29. Manhattan ships at Piers 90 and 92, as well as Staten Island ships located at the Homeport Pier, were open daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Coalition ships located at Port Authority Piers in Brooklyn, New York were open May 26 -
28 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Throughout the week, a number of exhibits and displays showed off the technology of the maritime services, which included air shows and ground demonstrations by members of the Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard team.
“Being a part of Fleet Week is awesome. Last year I was in Afghanistan on the bird to go over there and this year I’m here at Fleet Week in New York City, back in my hometown,” said Lance Cpl. Dennis Cox, from Manhattan, currently attached to the Ground
Combat Element from 1st Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment. “I joined the Marine Corps because of 9/11. That kind of sealed the deal for me. If I could have, I would have joined right then and there, but I had to wait to graduate high school ﬁrst.”
CNO reenlists service members on USS Wasp By MCSN Karen Blankenship Navy Public Affairs Support Element East
Photos by MC2 Gretchen M. Albrecht Al Roker gives a shout out to Sailors and Marines in Rockefeller Center while taping The Today Show during Fleet Week New York 2012.
Recording artist Pitbull performs during ‘TODAY’ Show at Rockefeller Center Press Release Fleet Week New York Public Affairs
Service members in port for Fleet Week New York 2012 were entertained by national recording artist Pitbull on the “TODAY” Show at Rockefeller Center, May 25. Sailors, Marines and Coast Guardsmen had time off to enjoy the weekly concert series featuring the headlining musical artist. “Being at Fleet Week is awesome. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience,” said Coast Guard Lt. Brittany Curran, support and training ofﬁcer aboard U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Eagle (WIX 327). “Sailing past the Statue of Liberty was pretty cool. Coming to the concert just happened on a whim, we [her crew] feel lucky to be here.” Junior Goris, vice president of marketing for Team Pitbull and former Damage Controlman 3rd Class (1991-1994), fondly remembered his time in the Navy. “Fleet Week means so much to me. It’s a time to go back and reﬂect on all of the skills the Navy gave me and I apply here now, especially teamwork. It is the biggest thing. It’s big
Ann Curry, an anchor on The Today Show, thanks a Marine for his service during Fleet Week New York 2012.
for Team Pitbull and it’s big in my family,” said Goris. “Team Pitbull is Navy all the way! Thank you to all the men and women in the Armed Forces – may God bless you and keep you safe.” For more information, visit the ofﬁcial Fleet Week New York City website at www.ﬂeetweeknewyork.com, or ﬁnd “Fleet Week New York” on Facebook.
Team Pitbull is Navy all the way! Thank you to all the men and women in the Armed Forces – may God bless you and keep you safe.” - Junior Goris
The Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) highlighted his trip to Fleet Week New York 2012 during a special group reenlistment for 25 Sailors, Marines and Coast Guardsmen, and a promotion for six naval ofﬁcers aboard the multipurpose amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD 1), May 25. The ceremony conducted by Adm. Jonathan Greenert is one of many events held during this year’s Fleet Week New York, which commemorates the Bicentennial of the War of 1812 and celebrates the nation’s sea services. “It is an opportunity to embrace folks who agree to commit to the Navy for another period of time,” said Greenert. Many in attendance felt a source of pride to be a part of the ceremony. “It was an honor to reenlist with the CNO,” said Operations Specialist 2nd Class Joseph Berrien, who is stationed on the Wasp. “I reenlisted for six more years and I really enjoy serving my country.” Family members were able to attend the ceremony and watch as their loved ones took the next step in their military careers. “I’m very proud of her,” said Patricia Belace, mother of Navy Lt. j.g. Christine Cairoli, who was promoted during the ceremony. “She worked hard for where she’s at.” Held nearly every year since 1984, Fleet Week New York provides an opportunity for the citizens of New York City and the surrounding tristate area to meet Sailors,
Marines and Coast Guardsmen, as well as see, ﬁrsthand, the latest capabilities of today’s maritime services. “I think reenlisting in New York, the place of 9/11, which was really a pivot for many of them, they joined after 9/11, to come back here is sort of solemn ground, kind of a hallowed ground,” said Greenert. “To reenlist in the most cosmopolitan, biggest city in the world, is pretty important, but I think just to commit yourself again, to take the time to think, ‘why am I doing this,’ to support and defend the Constitution, and the country that it represents is very special.” More than 6,000 service men and women from the U.S. and coalition nations are participating in this year’s Fleet Week New York. “Thank you very much for your service,” said Greenert to the service members who are in New York for Fleet Week. “Remember that this city, this country appreciates what you’re doing. What we’re really about is the security of these people here in New York, and to help them understand that, and help to get to know you. They are curious, they admire what you’re doing, and they want to know you.” The commemoration of the 200th Anniversary of the War of 1812 is a salute to all Sailors and Marines who fought gallantly in that conﬂict, who served in all our nation’s conﬂicts since then, and who are defending freedom around the world today. “This is our celebration of the 200th commemoration of the War of 1812,” said Greenert. “A lot of our protocols, a lot of our traditions, a lot of our principles that make us the Navy we are today came out of that.”
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Fleet Week Sailors help to display National 9/11 Flag By MC1 Jeremy K. Johnson Navy Public Affairs Support Element East
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Sailors from USS Mitscher (DDG 57), USS Gonzales (DDG 66) and USS Donald Cook (DDG 75) joined members of the New York Says Thank You Foundation (NYSTY) in a brief ceremony to unfurl and display the National 9/11 Flag at The Sullivans Pier, May 26. Also participating in the ceremony were local Boy Scouts, New York Civil Air Patrol members, Fleet Week volunteers and Fleet Week attendees. “I’m grateful for the opportunity to participate,” said Seaman Dustin Johnson of USS Mitscher. The 30-foot American ﬂag displayed was discovered hanging on the side of a building tattered and torn, close to where the World Trade Center towers fell on Sept. 11, 2001. The ﬂag was recovered and has been fully restored by NYSTY volunteers. “There’s a lot of love in this ﬂag,” said Jimmy Sands, a NYSTY volunteer and New York City ﬁreﬁghter. “We estimate probably about 6 million people have held this ﬂag since 2008.” Volunteers of the NYSTY organization answered the call to serve after Sept. 11, 2001 and travel around the country to help rebuild communities affected by disasters. The National 9/11 Flag contains patches from retired ﬂags of all 50 states, patches of ﬂags recovered after the 9/11 disaster, a patch stitched
aboard USS Missouri (BB 63) on Pearl Harbor Day by World War II survivors and many more patches representing the strong history and pride of our nation. Fire Controlman 3rd Class Jeremy Kirby of Donald Cook said seeing this ﬂag was a very moving experience. “To see the way these volunteers came together to repair this ﬂag is encouraging. It shows what we can do as Americans if we just believe in ourselves.” Held nearly every year since 1984, Fleet Week New York is the city’s celebration of sea services. Fleet Week New York provides an opportunity for the citizens of New York City and the surrounding tri-state area to meet Sailors, Marines and Coast Guardsmen, as well as see, ﬁrst-hand, the latest capabilities of today’s maritime services. This year, Fleet Week New York is one of the signature events around the country commemorating OpSail 2012, the Bicentennial of the War of 1812 and “The StarSpangled Banner.” The Commemoration of the 200th Anniversary of the War of 1812 is a salute to all Sailors and Marines who fought gallantly in that conﬂict, who served in all our nation’s conﬂicts since then and who are defending freedom around the world. More than 6,000 service men and women from the U.S. and coalition nations are expected to participate. For more information on New York Says Thank You, visit www.newyorksaysthankyou.org.
Sailors from USS Mitscher (DDG 57), USS Gonzales (DDG 66) and USS Donald Cook (DDG 75), volunteers from the Boy Scouts of America and bystanders take part in the unfurling of The National 9/11 Flag at USS The Sullivans Pier during a public display of the ﬂag for Fleet Week New York 2012. The ﬂag was discovered shortly after the attacks on September 11, 2001, tattered and torn, hanging on the side of a building near the World Trade Center site. As part of an effort to restore it, the ﬂag has traveled the country and received repair patches from retired ﬂags in all 50 states. This summer, the ﬂag will receive another patch containing ﬁbers of the Star-Spangled Banner housed at Fort McHenry in Baltimore, Md.
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Groundbreaking marks Marine’s ﬁrst longterm solar power purchase agreement Project will save taxpayers an estimated $3.9 million in electricity costs over 20 years By Lee H. Saunders Naval Facilities Engineering Command Southwest Public Affairs
The ﬁrst solar project to use special legislation for a longterm power purchase agreement (PPA) in the United States Marine Corps (USMC) broke ground, May 14, with a ceremony at Marine Corps Logistic Base Barstow, Calif. The special legislation is Section 2922a of U.S. Code Title 10 “Contracts for energy or fuel for military installations,” which Congress enacted in July 1982. “With no up front capital investment required from the government, utilization of the PPA model and contracting authority 10 USC 2922a will set the precedent on how we will achieve and exceed our energy goals,” said Julien Trinh, Naval Facilities Engineering Command Southwest project manager for the project. The 20-year power purchase agreement will guarantee electricity for the base up to 50 percent below the average rate for standard 10-year federal government PPA’s and help achieve the Secretary of the Navy’s energy goal to provide half the power at Department of Navy (DoN) shore installations from alternative energy sources by 2020.
Clark Pierce Some of the 2,534 solar photovoltaic (PV) panels installed on the roof of Naval Air Station Jacksonville’s Hangar 1122 to help reduce the building’s conventional energy usage and promote environmental sustainability.
This solar project is an important step toward our base goal of net-zero power from the - Col. Dan Ermer,Commanding Ofﬁcer, grid.” Marine Corps Logistics Base Barstow
SunDurance Energy LLC of Edison, N.J. will build a solar project at two locations on-base. The two solar power plants will generate approximately 2.7 million kWh annually using 4,452 solar panels. The electricity generated will power
approximately 140 typical U.S. homes. “This project, and utilization of 10 USC 2922a could be very well described as ‘One small step for the USMC, one giant leap for the DoD,’” said Trinh. A significant environ-
mental benefit will come from the completed project in the form of renewable energy production offsetting the release of 18,000 tons of the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide. This offset is equivalent to the photosynthesis of carbon dioxide by 28,000 planted trees growing for 10 years. The project will also supply about 25 percent of the base’s annual electricity requirements and save taxpayers an estimated $3.9 million in electricity costs over 20 years. “This solar project is an important step toward our base goal of net-zero power
from the grid,” said Col. Dan Ermer, Commanding Ofﬁcer, Marine Corps Logistics Base Barstow. “It is vital for our country’s military installations to be insulated from external power disruptions and to demonstrate leadership as stewards of our natural resources.” Electricity is scheduled for delivery by fall 2012. For more information, visit www.navy.mil, www. facebook.com/usnavy, or www.twitter.com/usnavy. For more news from Naval Facilities Engineering Command, visit www. navy.mil/local/navfachq/.
■ purchase agreement The 20-year power purchase agreement will guarantee electricity for the base up to 50 percent below the average rate for standard 10-year federal government PPA’s and help achieve the Secretary of the Navy’s energy goal to provide half the power at Department of Navy (DoN) shore installations from alternative energy sources by 2020.
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and coalition nations are participating in Fleet Week New York this year. “It’s great to see the Marines and Sailors having a great time,” said Marine Staff Sgt. Miguel Monroy of the 6th Communication Battalion in Brooklyn, NewYork. The Block Party and concert marked the ofﬁcial start of Fleet Week New York and offered Sailors a way to connect with fellow service members and coalition forces. “It’s much bigger than we’ve had in the past,” said USO volunteer Bob Murphy, a director of the event. “This event is spectacular in that we’ve got everybody involved. Hopefully, we’re expecting about 3,500 troops here this afternoon and tonight. And for the next 7-8 days the city is open to our service men and women.” The Block Party included free food, music and a live concert featuring singer Katy Perry. The U.S. Navy Band Northeast opened the performance, followed by the USO Liberty Bells. Valderrama and Spanos also spoke, thanking our service members, during the concert. “It’s a great time and a lot of fun,” said Boatswain’s Mate 3rd Class Jeffrey Rashley, who is stationed aboard USS Mitscher (DDG 57) in Norfolk. “It’s nice to be off the ship for a while and I’m anticipating a
opportunity to meet and mix with the people of New York.” - CNO Adm. Jonathan Greenert
great time this evening.” This year, Fleet Week New York is one of the signature events around the country commemorating OpSail 2012, the Bicentennial of the War of 1812 and “The StarSpangled Banner.” “It’s a good opportunity to meet and mix with the people of New York,” said Greenert. “They have supported the Navy for years and this year is about the War of 1812. This year is the 200th commemoration and this city was a major part in supporting the U.S. Navy during that period of time.” The commemoration of the 200th Anniversary of the War of 1812 is a salute to all Sailors and Marines who fought gallantly in that conﬂict, who served in all our nation’s conﬂicts since then and who are defending freedom around the world today. “I’d like to thank the Sailors here in our Navy and I’d like to thank the Sailors out there on deployment,” said Greenert.
Navy’s continued efforts are proving successful
Continued from B1 director of Military Personnel Plans and Policy. Sailors taking the E4 test saw their advancement opportunity increase from 30.97 percent to 45.83 percent while E5 advancement opportunity increased from 20.68 percent to 30.94 percent. Those taking the E6 test saw opportunity increase from 10.75 percent to 16.18 percent. No ratings had zero back to back opportunity and only one rating (at only the E6 level) saw zero opportunity this cycle. However,
ofﬁcials point out, future advancement opportunity may not be as high as this cycle, but will move closer to historic advancement levels. Navy’s continued efforts to provide a balanced force are proving successful, ofﬁcials said. As the force becomes more balanced, future advancement opportunity will become more stable offering more consistent promotion opportunity to Sailors over the long term. Advancement results are posted on the Navy Personnel Command’s Bupers OnLine website at www.npc. navy.mil.
Military libraries announce 2012 Summer Reading Program By MC3 Andrea Perez Navy Personnel Command Public Affairs
Navy General Library Program leaders announced, May 25, that registration has begun for a shared summer reading program that will reach military families in all branches around the globe. Readers of all ages can dig into a wide variety of book choices around the theme “Reading Is So Delicious.” Most programs will run eight weeks with open enrollment during the summer. Activities will range by location and include everything from Edible Art projects to discussions of books like “James and the Giant Peach.” Research spanning 100 years shows that students typically score lower on standardized tests at the end of summer vacation than they do on the same tests at the beginning of the summer. Summer reading programs can help to offset this loss, because studies also indicate students who read recreationally out-performed those who don’t. Students read more when they can choose materials based on their own interests. This year marks the third in which 250 base and installation libraries will participate in the shared summer reading program. Last year’s program logged more than 10 million minutes spent reading by chil-
dren and families. Sponsored by the Department of Defense with program content developed by iREAD, the Navy managed initiative; “Reading Is So Delicious” will reach thousands of families. For more information on the program, please call Nilya Carrato with the Navy General Library Program at (202) 433-0785, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
MC1 Peter D. Lawlor Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Jonathan Greenert helps start the USO New York City Fleet Week Block Party by thanking the international audience of Sailors and Marines for their service and encouraging them to be safe and have a good time.
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other vehicles from disturbing the protected area Continued from B1 new ones across the continent. Members of Swift’s Military Detachment, as well as embarked personnel from Special Purpose Marine Air Ground Task Force (SPMAGTF) 12.2, Security Cooperation Team 6, gathered at Dorob National Park, May 22, to help build a fence that protects the breeding ground for the damara tern, a threatened local bird. Service members aided in digging holes and placing posts to construct the fence that will keep out 4-wheelers and other vehicles from disturbing the protected area. “I think you can say that you’ve been in one of the biggest parks in Africa and that you’ve helped here, which is something to take back to the States,” said Rob Braby, project coordinator, Namibia Ministry of Environment and Tourism. On May 23, crew members participated in a “Loving Hugs” stuffed animal distribution event at Sunshine Centre for Disabled Children in Walvis Bay. Members of Naval Forces Europe Band, “Flagship” sang songs while the children and Sailors danced. “I felt inspired, since this is the kind of stuff I wanted to do when I got in the military. I feel great to have made a positive im-
Lt. Cmdr. Suzanna Brugler Sailors from High-Speed Vessel Swift 2 (HSV-2) dig a hole for a new fence post during a community service project at the Walvis Bay District Damara Tern breeding ground. The new fence will help protect the endangered birds by preventing four-wheel-drive vehicles from entering and damaging the habitat.
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‘Musical Voyage’ kicks off celebration of OpSail 2012 NORFOLK
Blackbeard, tall ships converge as OpSail parades into Hampton Roads Pirates, Pride of Baltimore II tours, ﬁreworks and magniﬁcent seascapes entertain Virginians and visitors HAMPTON
The tall ship was commissioned in 1988 as a sailing memorial to her immediate predecessor. The original Pride of Baltimore was tragically sunk by a white squall off Puerto Rico in 1986 taking her captain and three crew members down with her. Both ships were built in the Inner Harbor as reproductions of 1812-era topsail schooners, the type of vessels that helped America win the War of 1812 and ﬁnally secure its freedom. Since her commissioning, Pride II has sailed nearly 200,000 miles and visited over 200 ports in 40 countries in North, South, and Central America, Europe and Asia. The Pride of Baltimore II will be available for free tours throughout Blackbeard weekend.
This June, OpSail 2012 Virginia commemorates the bicentennial of “The Star-Spangled Banner” and the War of 1812 with a maritime event that combines for the ﬁrst time the visit of international tall ships and traditional Navy ships. Twelve days of frolicking fun and festivity commence with Hampton’s 13th annual Blackbeard Pirate Festival taking place on the Downtown Hampton waterfront, June 1 - 3, and conclude June 12 with the On June 8, Fort Monroe will welcome the general public from departure procession of warships and tall ships as they journey 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. to witness the procession of tall ships as they from Hampton Roads to Maryland. parade past through the channel into Hampton Roads harbor. The ﬁrst ship is expected to pass Fort Monroe’s Continental Park at 10 a.m. Ships from across the globe will participate in the Beginning June 1, roughly 50,000 seafaring attendees, as well magniﬁcent spectacle. A narrative of the ship names and noteas Blackbeard and his crew, will invade Downtown Hampton worthy information will be broadcast over loudspeakers. during the 13th annual Blackbeard Pirate Festival. Interact with Limited bleacher seating will be available. The public is enBlackbeard (personiﬁed by ﬁrst-person interpreter Ben Cherry) couraged to bring portable chairs and sunscreen. Light refreshand more than 100 other authentically costumed pirate re-enactors ments will be available for purchase on-site through The Chamas they run rampant on the streets of America’s oldest continu- berlin, but the public is encouraged to bring water. Parking is ous English-speaking settlement. Living history and family fun available on a ﬁrst-come, ﬁrst-served basis. Hampton Police will go hand-in-hand as Hampton reenacts and celebrates the demise direct cars to the best available parking. Shuttle service will not of Blackbeard, one of the ﬁercest pirates ever known. Immerse be available. Comfortable walking shoes are encouraged. yourself in the early 1700s in Hampton with live entertainment, Fort Monroe will be open to the public on June 6 for viewing pirate encampments, children’s activities, sea battles, ﬁreworks the parade of military grey hulls as they enter the harbor, and and more. again on June 12 as all ships depart Hampton Roads, no orgaDuring the event, Hampton hosts the Pride of Baltimore II. nized viewing arrangements will be made.
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The Virginia Arts Festival bids bon voyage to a spectacular 2012 season and celebrates the launch of OpSail 2012 Virginia, with a seaworthy concert, “On the High Seas: A Musical Voyage,” June 6 at 7:30 p.m. at Chrysler Hall. To kick off Hampton Roads’ and the Commonwealth of Virginia’s grand-scale maritime commemoration of the War of 1812 and the 200th Anniversary of “The Star Spangled Banner,” June 1 - 12, Tony Award winning Broadway musical director and Norfolk native Rob Fisher will conduct the Virginia Symphony Orchestra and direct acclaimed Broadway performers Robert Creighton and Tari Kelly through favorite songs from “South Paciﬁc,” “Anything Goes,” “Victory at Sea” and more. The Virginia Arts Festival is pleased to co-present this evening of maritime-themed musical entertainment with Norfolk Festevents, Ltd. and OpSail 2012 Virginia. “We are honored to partner with the Virginia Arts Festival on this very special occasion,” said Karen Scherberger, executive director, OpSail 2012 Virginia, “and we salute their tremendous success.” Tickets for the June 6 concert at Chrysler Hall are $25, $40 and $55. For more information and to purchase tickets, call the Virginia Arts Festival Box Ofﬁce at 282-2822.
Signiﬁcant dates for Opsail 2012 Virginia ■ June 1 - 3 – Blackbeard Pirate Festival, Downtown Hampton. ■ June 6 – OpSail 2012 Virginia Sea and Air Parade. View a parade of international Navy vessels from Fort Monroe and Hampton waterfronts. ■ June 8 – Eight OpSail 2012 Virginia Parade of Sail international tall ships enter Hampton Roads. Fort Monroe welcomes the public. ■
June 12 – OpSail 2012 Virginia Parade of Sail Up the Chesapeake. All warships and tall ships depart. Ships pass through the channel into the Chesapeake Bay and begin their journey up the Chesapeake.
Go to www.opsail2012virginia.com for OpSail 2012 Virginia event updates, special exhibits, attractions, participating ships and trip planner including accommodations. Call 441-2345 ext. 6000 for more details.
Local artist selected again to create Harborfest commemorative poster NORFOLK
Harborfest is here again and so is the amazing artwork of local artist Bob Holland. Festevents has once again commissioned the d’ART resident artist of 25 years to tap in to his love of maritime and create the ofﬁcial 2012 Harborfest commemorative poster. Holland’s relationship with Harborfest spans 22 years starting with the 1990 Harborfest poster, then 2003 and 2006 poster designs. “It is an honor to be asked and wonderful exposure for my artwork,” said Holland. Holland is a painter of his surroundings with a personal connection to the sea. A native Virginian, he was born and raised on the shores of Hampton Roads with “some old boat” always in the family and at his disposal.
The 2012 Harborfest poster is a perfect example of what is available for viewing in Hampton Roads on a daily basis, minus the USS Constitution, of course. “Two hundred years of U.S. Navy History and Hampton Roads as only Bob Holland could capture,” said local art lover Carl Meredith. The 2012 Harborfest Commemorative poster is available for sale by Holland at the d’ART Center and at the Harborfest Gallery. Come see more of Holland’s artwork in his Studio #148 at the d’ART Center in the Selden Arcade, 208 E. Main St., Norfolk. Admission is free and is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday, and 1 to 5 p.m. on Sunday. For additional information contact d’ART at 625-4211.
Courtesy photo Artist Bob Holland with his 2012 Harborfest commemorative original painting.
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Calendar Registration now underway for All-Military Wilderness Challenge For a complete list of events in Hampton Roads or to submit your own, visit www.ﬂagshipnews.com/calendar
Spartyka Boots & UTES 5K ■ When: June 10 ■ Where: Virginia Beach Sportsplex ■ For more information, visit: www.Spartyka.com
Spartyka Race Team invites you to “get your boots on” to honor the military at the inaugural Spartyka Boots & UTES 5K Run/Walk. The Spartyka Boots & UTES 5K welcomes runners and walkers of all ages to show support for the troops and veterans who have served our country. Registration and check-in begins at 7:30 a.m. and the race begins at 9 a.m. Pre-registration is encouraged at www.RaceIt. com. Event costs $30 in advance and $35 on June 9 and 10. Awards will be given to the Top-3 male and female ﬁnishers in four categories. A portion of the proceeds will beneﬁt the Boot Campaign, a national non-proﬁt organization providing a tangible way for Americans to show appreciation for troops, raising awareness of the challenges they face upon return and donating funds to charities supporting their transition home. For more information about the Boot Campaign, and to purchase your boots, visit www.bootcampaign.com.
Support group meeting ■ When: Second Tuesday of each month; 7 to 9 p.m. ■ Where: Spring Branch Community Church, 1500 N.
Registration for the Mid-Atlantic Region, Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) Department’s annual All-Military Wilderness Challenge is underway. The Wilderness Challenge will take place, Oct. 4 - 6, in the heart of the Appalachian Mountains and on the New and the Gauley Rivers in West Virginia. The event is hosted and co-organized by ACE Adventure Resort, West Virginia’s largest outdoor outﬁtter. More than 300 military personnel representing teams from around the world are expected to compete. Only the ﬁrst 60 teams will secure a spot in the Wilderness Challenge, so teams are encouraged to register early. “Every year, the MWR Wilderness Challenge brings together the best athletes the Armed Forces has to offer and puts them to the test,” said Michael Bond, event coordinator. “As the competition gets tougher and tougher every year, so do the competitors as more teams battle it out for the title.” The challenge contains a series of ﬁve outdoor adventure races in a team format designed to bring camaraderie, competition and team spirit between all ﬁve branches of the Armed Services. Teams participating in this year’s challenge will compete in an 8K mountain run, a 12-mile mountain bike race, a 14mile forced hike through the mountains, a 13-mile whitewater raft race on the Gauley River and a 7-mile kayak race on the New River. Last year’s winner was Team “HT-18” from Helicopter Training Squadron (HT) 18, Naval Air Station Whiting Field, Milton, Fla. “This is one of the most grueling,
Mark Piggott Members of Team Caped Crusaders assigned to the Aviation Logistics School at the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, maneuver through rapids on the New River in a two-man “duckie” during the 2011 All-Military Wilderness Challenge. The Wilderness Challenge brings together teams from across all ﬁve branches of the Armed Forces to compete in ﬁve extreme outdoor events over a two-day period.
hard-fought competitions in the Armed Forces, so the winning team will be the best of the best in outdoor recreation and physical endurance,” said Bond. In addition, the United States Adventure Racing Association (USARA) has endorsed the All-Military Wilderness Challenge as a qualifying race for the USARA National Championships. As a USARA sanctioned event, the winner of the Wilderness Challenge will be able to compete on a national level for what is considered the “heart and soul” of Adventure Racing in the United States – the USARA Adventure Race National Championship. “USARA is excited to have the Wil-
derness Challenge as a 2012 USARA regional qualiﬁer,” said Troy Farrar, president of USARA. “We hope to see several teams from the Wilderness Challenge represent their military branch and compete in the USARA Adventure Race National Championship.” Registration is open to all branches of the military. Teams must be comprised of four active duty service members, and each team must have a minimum of one female participant. Teams may also include active reservists, retirees and Reserve Ofﬁcers’ Training Corps. The registration fee is $500 per team. To register, visit www.wildernesschallenge.net, or call 887-7256.
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A Support Group for those who have lost a friend or a loved one to suicide. New participants please register at 6:30 p.m. Facilitators are Charlie Liggio of LCSW First Colonial Psychotherapy and Elaine Roberts, a survivor. Ages 21 and above only.
5th annual 3D Sand Soccer Shootout and Beneﬁt returns to Buckroe Beach HAMPTON
■ When: June 8 - 10 ■ Where: Virginia Beach Oceanfront ■ For more information, visit: www.sandsoccer.com.
This June 1-3, head to Hampton’s Buckroe Beach for the 5th annual 3D Sand Soccer Shootout and Beneﬁt. Presented by 3D Sports’ AIM for Excellence Foundation, the event is expected to draw over 700 athletes and thousands of spectators from across the country. “This is our ﬁfth year and we are absolutely thrilled,” said 3D Sports, Inc. owner Kelly Wilson. “This will be the biggest 3D Sand Soccer Shootout and Beneﬁt yet, with more teams, vendors and activities than in previous years. With boardwalk shopping, action packed games, carnival booths, free clinics and more, there really is something for everyone.” During the weekend, games will take place in the sand on the North side of Buckroe Beach Park – ﬁelds start near the playground and are stacked end to end down to the park ranger station. Each team registered for the 3D Sand Soccer Tournament will play a minimum of three matches, with the Top-2 teams from each division (13-15 divisions total) advancing to a ﬁnal. Each division will play a ﬁnal match on Sunday, with ﬁrst and second place teams receiving customized medals. New this year is the Soccer Tennis Tournament, taking place Friday from 6 to 9 p.m. This “event within the event” will be a super fun way to sharpen the skills players need heading into tournament weekend. The cost is $30 and teams are made up of two individuals. For registration information, go to www.3dsandsoccer.info/SoccerTennis.html. This registration fee is separate from Sand Soccer team tournament registration fees. In addition to weekend sand soccer and soccer tennis action, enjoy a Kid’s Carnival, taking place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. The fun includes an assortment of carnival-like activities for the young and young at heart. Each booth will be run by a non-proﬁt organization, including AIM for Excellence Foundation, Seton Youth Shelters, Houses of H.O.P.E., VA Power Soccer, H.E.L.P., N.E.W. to You, and others. Proceeds will go directly towards each organization’s cause. One of the weekend highlights is the AIM for Excellence Silent Auction (www.3dsandsoccer.info/AIMFoundation. html). Starting Saturday at 9 a.m., the auction will be open to
Each year in early June, dedicated soccer fans throng to the Virginia Beach Oceanfront to watch hundreds of teams and thousands of players compete in what has become known as the globe’s premier single-weekend sand soccer festival. Beginning at 8:30 a.m., the Sand Soccer Championship matches last through sunset. Teams of 5 versus 5 will play the fast-paced matches on 25-35 or 30-40 yard grids.
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■ When: June 1, 9 p.m. to 8 a.m. ■ Where: NNSY Scott Centery, Strike
Zone Bowling Alley, Scott Center Annex, Bldg. 1487 ■ For more information, call: 396-3808 Open to youth ages 11 to 14. Bowl, watch movies, compete in fun games, enjoy pizza and soda, and more.
5th annual Command Challenge ■ When: June 1, 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. ■ Where: JEBLCFS, Foc’sle Picnic Area ■ For more information, call: 462-4405
Team competitions include: ﬂag football, team handball, sand volleyball, 3-on-3 basketball, iron team, team chant and team shirt.
Liberty’s Salute to Summer Bash ■ When: June 7, 5 to 10 p.m. ■ Where: Naval Station Norfolk ■ For more information, call: 444-4814
Sand castle building contest, outdoor movie, rock wall, dunk tank, volleyball, water balloon trike race, obstacle course, food, prizes, giveaways and music.
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Cystic Fibrosis fundraising event ■ When: June 3, 4 to 8 p.m. ■ Where: Virginia Beach Sportsplex ■ For more information, contact: Kimberly
Johnson, Development Director for the Hampton Roads CFF ofﬁce, at email@example.com, or 446-9267 The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (CFF) began in 1955 to assure the development of the means to cure and control Cystic Fibrosis (CF) and to improve the quality of life for those with the disease. Fundraisers are held each year to help fund research to ultimately ﬁnd a cure for CF. The event is a family-oriented event open to the public and will feature live music from Exploding Sun, food and beverages, a magician, rafﬂe prizes, CF information and a bounce house. Tickets are $25 for adults and $10 for children. Tickets will also be available at the door.
Dr. Kathryn D. Sullivan, Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Environmental Observation and Prediction and Deputy NOAA Administrator, will discuss “Environmental Intelligence for Coastal Communities” at the Blue Planet Forum lecture series on June 7 at 7 p.m. in the Nauticus Theater. This environmental lecture series is presented by the Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF), Nauticus, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and Old Dominion University. Blue Planet Forum is free and open to the public, however, due to space limitations, RSVP’s are requested. What is environmental intelligence? Understanding, predicting and managing extreme environmental events
the public for bidding. Auction items include gift baskets, admission tickets to various attractions, bicycles, $500 towards tickets at the Ferguson Center of the Arts and more. Other activities taking place during the 3D Sand Soccer Shootout include a free baseball/softball clinic by Ozzie Smith’s Sports Academy, a free freestyle juggling clinic presented by 3D Sports, and the Monster Energy Kids Clinic. On Saturday at Noon, 3D Sports will lead an Operation Beach Clean-Up in partnership with the Hampton Clean City Commission. The 3D Sand Soccer Shootout is certiﬁed Virginia Green. For hungry patrons and participants, food vendors will be on-site throughout the weekend. The event is free to spectators, but there are additional costs for activities. For more information on the 5th annual 3D Sand Soccer Shootout and Beneﬁt, call 969-5716, or visit www.3DSandSoccer.info.
require an extraordinary amount of information about the physical state of the Earth, from moment to moment as well as from decade to decade. “Environmental intelligence” is similar to “intelligence” in the security world, combining data, information, analysis, modeling and assessment. As assistant secretary, Sullivan plays a central role in directing administration and NOAA priority work in the areas of weather and water services, climate science and services, integrated mapping services and Earth-observing capabilities. She provides agency-wide direction with regard to satellites, space weather, water, ocean observations and forecasts to best serve American communities and businesses. Sullivan’s impressive expertise spans
the frontiers of space and sea. In addition to her ofﬁcial NOAA title, she has served as NOAA’s chief scientist since 1993 and is a distinguished scientist, accomplished oceanographer and intrepid explorer. Sullivan was one of the ﬁrst six women selected to join the NASA astronaut corps in 1978 and holds the distinction of being the ﬁrst American woman to walk in space. She ﬂew on three shuttle missions during her 15-year tenure, including the mission that deployed the Hubble Space Telescope. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and light hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar will be available prior to the lecture. Register by visiting www.cbf.org/blueplanet, or email blueplanetforum.org, or call the Chesapeake Bay Foundation at 622-1964.
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Make ﬁtness more enjoyable by incorporating creativity and reveal the next exercise to be completed. Formatting your workout this way creates a Kids are experts at meeting their daily physi- game of suspense and lets you feel in control of cal activity requirements through fun games and your own destiny. activities. They don’t go to the gym every day to stay physically active. Instead, they have about a thousand and one ways to keep busy and have a It’s easy to go out and do the same old thing fun time moving without having to think about it. day after day, but that gets old. Instead, try A few weeks ago there was an Empower Fit- learning something new: bowling, indoor rock ness Conference in Chicago. One of the sessions climbing, kayaking, hiking, tennis, roller skatduring the four-day conference emphasized ing, cycling, beach volleyball, badminton, hand making ﬁtness/physical activity more enjoyable ball, soccer, Frisbee, or a group exercise class by incorporating creativity and fun into your like Zumba. There are actually adult leagues and workouts. Being able to change up your regu- groups all over the country that have fun events lar workout routine will help make being active in some of the great things you used to do as a more appealing when you are feeling unmoti- kid – remember dodge ball. vated. Below is a list of ways to incorporate creativity and fun into your workout. Get some fresh air. Fresh air will not only boost your energy levels, but make you motivated to move more. Use nature as your playground. You Instead of your normal routine, add a little fun can easily perform exercises such as squats, body into your workout by making it a game. Game rows or pushups using park benches, or trees as Idea: Put exercises on cards and roll six dice to equipment instead. determine the number of reps for each movement. Place cards on the ﬂoor in a pyramid face down. For each step of the pyramid roll the dice Find something to focus on. We all have goals Navy Fitness
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of losing a few pounds, toning up, or getting stronger and faster. Challenge yourself to set a goal that is out of the ordinary for you such as joining an adult sports league, or playing a 60minute soccer game with your children. Think of something you have always wanted to do or try (think outside the box) and go for it.
Find friends and family Workouts are easier and more fun when you’re not alone. Make a date once a week to meet a friend at a speciﬁc time and place to workout together. Make a date with your son or daughter to go on a bike ride or to get them oriented with
equipment at the gym. Start an ofﬁce lunch hour walking group or start the day off with a mobile meeting and walk and talk. Chances are you will be enjoying the company instead of focusing on the task at hand.
Think like a kid Ever drive by a playground or watch your kids play in the yard and think it would be fun to try a few things out? Go for it. Get physical activity by climbing on the monkey bars, swinging, jumping rope, playing hop scotch, skipping and running around the yard and simply acting like a kid again.
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2012 Mitsubishi Outlander SUV
Updated Mitsubishi Outlander offers fresh, aggressive approach to SUV By Ken Chester, Jr. Motor News Media Corporation
With unparalleled crossover styling, seating for up to seven passengers and the choice of Front-Wheel Drive, 4WD or full-time All-Wheel Control (AWC), the Mitsubishi Outlander has been a winner for North American consumers. Available in ES, SE, XLS and GT trim levels, the Mitsubishi Outlander receives several key upgrades and environmentally-friendly features for the 2012 model year. An â€œECOâ€? indicator light has been added that illuminates on the driverâ€™s instrument panel to signal when the vehicle is being driven in a manner that provides optimum fuel efďŹ ciency; and models equipped with the Premium package (SE model) and the Touring package (GT model) provide the driver with a new level of safety thanks to a rearview camera system thatâ€™s integrated into the rearview mirror. Another eco-friendly plus: the 2012 Outlander is now certiďŹ ed as a Low Emission Vehicle (LEV) in all 50 states. The Mitsubishi Outlander beneďŹ ts from clever engineering including an all-aluminum roof that not only helps to improve the vehicleâ€™s fuel efďŹ ciency by reducing excess weight, but also lowers the vehicleâ€™s center of gravity for improved handling and stability; fold-ďŹ‚at second and third-row seating (SE and GT versions) and a uniquely-designed ďŹ‚ap-folding tailgate that provides maximum ease of placement or retrieval of goods from the rear cargo area. Base power for the Mitsubishi SUV is generated by a 4B12 2.4L MIVEC fourcylinder engine. A robust 6B31 3.0L MIVEC V6 power plant is standard on XLS and GT. Torque is communicated to the street through the standard CVT (continuously variable transmission) automatic, while a six-speed Sportronic automatic with Idle-Neutral Logic is
Photos courtesy Motor News Media The 2012 Mitsubishi Outlander SUV comes with two engine options: a 2.5L four cylinder that produces 168 horsepower and a 3.0L V6 that produces 230 horsepower.
standard with the six-cylinder engine. All-Wheel Drive is an available option, while the superior all-weather capability of the Lancer Evolution-derived SuperAll-Wheel Control (S-AWC) system is standard on the GT. The Outlander GT showcases why itâ€™s different for a reason with a fresh combination of seven-passenger luxury and road holding control. Occupying the top tier in the Outlander family, the Outlander GT uses premium materials and advanced features for an upscale feel. The Outlander GT now wears a distinctive jet ďŹ ghter front grille, which evokes the sporty history of Mitsubishiâ€™s family line-up. Backing up those looks is the addition of an all-new Lancer Evolutioninspired lightweight aluminum roof, which helps lower the center of gravity. The blacked out front bumper cover design is also similar to what is found on the Lancer Evolution model. Accent-
ing the new face are the redesigned side sills, rear bumper, mirrors and 18-inch alloy wheels. A unique ďŹ‚ap fold tailgate design allows easy access to the rear storage area for loading and unloading. Bi-xenon HID headlamps with daytime running lights are also now standard. The Outlander is based on a performance-engineered global platform that also forms the foundation of the new-generation Mitsubishi Lancer and Lancer Evolution models. A highly rigid unibody structure, which makes extensive use of high-strength steel, allows for sport-oriented suspension tuning while also providing a smooth, compliant ride. Standard on every Outlander is the addition of a Lancer Evolution-inspired lightweight aluminum roof panel, which lowers the center of gravity for better handling response. Front suspension strut tower bars enhance lateral rigidity for precise steering response. The rear multilink suspension provides an excellent balance of handling performance and ride comfort. Inside, the Outlander displays a premium feel with upscale interior fabrics on the ES, SE, and XLS models and available leather seating surfaces on the XLS and GT models. The XLS and GT also feature double-stitched synthetic leather on the dashboard and upper front and rear door trims. Chrome accents surround the air outlet knobs and automatic climate control dials on XLS and GT models. A new high contrast multi-color LCD instrument display is onboard to enhance both visibility and the sporty feel of the Outlander SE, XLS and GT. The sporty GT comes standard with aluminum gas and brake pedals and a chrome window beltline accent.
â– spacious ride The 2012 Mitsubishi Outlander SUV offers fold-down second and third-row seating in the SE and GT models.
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â– Wheelbase: 105.1; overall length: 183.7; width: 70.9; height: 66.1 (all vehicle measurements are in inches). â– Engine: 2.4L four-cylinder â€“ 168 hp at 6,000 rpm and 167 lbs.-ft. of torque at 4,100 rpm; 3.0L V6 â€“ 230 hp at 6,250 rpm and 215 lbs.-ft. of torque at 3,750 rpm. â– Transmission: CVT Sportronic automatic, sixspeed Sportronic automatic â– EPA Fuel Economy: 2.4L four-cylinder â€“ 23 city/28 hwy. (2WD), 22 city/27 hwy. (4WD); 3.0L V6 â€“ 19 city/26 hwy. (2WD), 19 city/25 hwy. (4WD/S-AWC). â– Cargo capacity: 72.6 cubic feet. â– Towing capacity: 3,500 pounds. â– Safety features: Dual front airbags, front seat mounted side-impact airbags, dual head curtain side-impact airbags, four-wheel disc brakes with anti-lock, electronic brake distribution, engine immobilizer, daytime running lamps, alarm system, tire pressure monitors, traction control, active stability control and remote keyless entry. SE adds fog lights and FAST-Key passive entry and starting system. GT adds automatic Xenon high intensity discharge headlamps and rain-sensing windshield wipers. Optional safety features include: FUSE hands-free link system with USB port, navigation system, rearview camera and remote engine start. â– Warranty: Basic â€“ 5-year/60,000 mile bumper-tobumper; Powertrain â€“ 10-year/100,000 mile; Corrosion â€“ 7-year/100,000 mile. â– Pricing: The base Manufacturers Suggested Retail Price for the 2012 Mitsubishi Outlander SUV starts from $22,345 for the ES 2WD up to $27,895 for the GT S-AWC. Destination charges add $810.
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took me out of my gameplan because I’m mainly a big striker. I should have tried to keep it on my feet more and I didn’t really follow the gameplan to a T.” “For me, that’s unusual because usually I’m a huge gameplanner and I follow it to the T and it usually comes out perfect. This was the ﬁrst time it was different. I got sucked into his game and that was new. I never really had to feel that before. So I deﬁnitely learned to not get sucked into the other person’s game during the ﬁght and to focus on my own gameplan.” And despite the highlight reel knockouts, his kickboxing background (sixtime IKF national kickboxing champion with over 150 amateur bouts), his boxing skill (two-time St. Louis Golden Gloves champ) and training partners (he is a member of the renowned Black House
team, home to Anderson Silva), you’ve got to remember that at 22 and with just a handful of MMA ﬁghts, he is still a work in progress. That’s easy to forget when he’s beating ﬁghters like Krause and Marcello, but that’s what comes with such performances and such an impressive resume. It almost reminds you of the anticipation for welterweight Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson’s entrance into the UFC earlier this year. Thompson and Lawrence both grew up in their father’s gym, had great kickboxing backgrounds and were giving MMA a shot. Thompson is 1-1 thus far in the Octagon, but with Lawrence at least sporting a high school wrestling background, he will enter the UFC with a few more tools in his belt than his colleague. As for the striking end of things, both have an edge that few can match. “Three, four, ﬁve years ago, striking wasn’t really developed yet,” said Lawrence, a black belt in kempo karate. “There were some good strikers, but a lot of guys were just big brawlers. But every year, the striking ability of ﬁghters keeps evolving with the sport. So with us, and I know Stephen Thompson and his father very well, we know how to mix our hands with our kicks, which is huge.” “You see a lot of guys in the UFC right now that are great wrestlers, but just brawlers. But when you can get a guy like me, who is really young and kind of that new generation, I’m kind of that hybrid that’s got good standup, good wrestling and good jiu-jitsu, and that’s the thing for us. Thompson is a world-class striker, where a lot of guys in the UFC aren’t to that level yet. When I was a kid and I was at the gym, those were countless hours, and if you try to catch up, there’s no way a grown man can spend as much time as I did as a kid at the gym.” Plus, he’s quick to add, “every round you’ve got to start on your feet too.”
UFC ON FX3 June 8, Fuel TV and FX Featured bouts: Demetrious Johnson vs. Ian McCall Charlie Brenneman vs. Erick Silva Josh Neer vs. Mike Pyle Scott Jorgensen vs. Eddie Wineland
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With knockout wins over established veterans James Krause and Cristiano Marcello on the inaugural season of “The Ultimate Fighter Live,” Justin Lawrence went from being a 22-year-old who was virtually unknown in mixed martial arts circles to becoming the favorite to win the show, as well as one of the hottest prospects in the lightweight division. And while his every move was captured for posterity and to be broadcast to the world, since he was locked away from the world for 13 weeks, Lawrence didn’t know how the perception of him was changing by the minute. “I beat a pretty big name coming in – James Krause was a WEC veteran and he’s had 20 pro ﬁghts, and I only had three – so I knew it kinda put me up there, but we were cut off from the outside world and you don’t really know what’s going on,” said Lawrence. “Sometimes from the coaches you kinda got a sense of things, but you never really knew. So I knew I beat a big name, but I wasn’t sure of where I was on that ranking list, or if I was a favorite or not.” He’s probably ﬁnding out right about now, as he gets ready for his ﬁrst post-TUF ﬁght (and UFC debut) against John Cofer on Friday’s TUF Live Finale main card opener. Now he’ll get to see the fuss everyone was making over him and he’ll get to show what he’s learned since he got eliminated from the competition via third round TKO by eventual ﬁnalist Michael Chiesa. “Chiesa’s a good guy and I take nothing away from him,” said Lawrence of his lone defeat, albeit one that won’t show up on his permanent record since it was only scheduled for two rounds, making it an exhibition match. “He showed up that night and I didn’t. He really did a good job of forcing a grappling match and he’s tall and long, and that’s exactly what he wants. I tried to out-wrestle him and he
Courtesy of UFC Justin Lawrence, 22, had just three career ﬁghts before joining the “The Ultimate Fighter Live.”
upcomingbouts TUF LIVE FINALE June 1, 7 p.m., Fuel TV; 9 p.m., FX Featured bouts: Jake Ellenberger vs. Martin Kampmann Mike Chiesa vs. Al Iaquinta Max Holloway vs. Pat Schilling Jonathan Brookins vs. Charles Oliveira
Courtesy photo Rusty Wallace (right), shown with son Steve, was recently named as a member of the fourth class of inductees into the NASCAR Hall of Fame.
Newest NASCAR Hall of Fame inductees named By Rick Minter Universal Uclick
Pioneering driver Herb Thomas and legendary crew chief Leonard Wood head the fourth class of inductees to the NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte, N.C. Also going into the Hall are driver Rusty Wallace, driver and car owner Cotton Owens and driver Buck Baker. Thomas and Wood got 57 percent of the vote, followed by Wallace (52 percent), Owens (50 percent) and Baker (39 percent). There was a tie for the ﬁfth and ﬁnal induction spot. Members chose Baker over Glenn “Fireball” Roberts after a re-vote between the two. Baker, the ﬁrst driver to win consecutive championships in the series now known as Sprint Cup, won a total of 46 races. Owens won nine times as a driver and 38 as an owner with drivers such as Hall of Famers Junior Johnson and David Pearson. Wallace won 55 races and the 1989 Cup championship, while Wood won 96 races and 117 poles in 990 races as a crew chief. Thomas was one of the sport’s ﬁrst superstars. He won two titles in 1951 and 1953, and ﬁnished second in ’52 and ’54. He won 48 races in 228 starts in a career cut short by a racing injury. His winning percentage of .211 has never been matched.
MWR extends Toyota deal Michael Waltrip Racing announced this week that it has signed a multi-year contract extension with Toyota Racing Development USA. Waltrip Racing, which now ﬁelds three cars, and Toyota entered the Sprint Cup Series together in 2007. “Toyota has been the cornerstone of MWR,” team co-owner Michael Waltrip said in a release. “They took a chance on us in 2007 and together we have matured into who we are today. It was an honor to be part of the freshman class. Knowing we will be with Toyota for the next several years gives our drivers, our team members and our sponsors a sense of stability and conﬁdence.” Since 2007, Waltrip’s teams have two Cup victories, both by David Reutimann who is no longer with the team. But two of the current drivers, Clint Bowyer and Martin Truex Jr., are in the Top-10 in points, and Mark Martin, part-time driver of the third car, has two poles and four Top-10 ﬁnishes in eight starts this year.
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Soccer teams from OpSail 2012 Virginia to participate in 2012 North American Sand Soccer Championships NORFOLK
Each year in early June, dedicated soccer fans throng to the Virginia Beach oceanfront to watch hundreds of teams and thousands of players compete in what has become known as the globe’s premier single-weekend sand soccer festival. This year, the North American Sand Soccer Championships (NASSC), June 8 - 10, will also play host to 32 teams, representing local military commands and ships’ crews from around the world, playing in a very special OpSail 2012 Virginia Division. The division will ﬁeld teams from the U.S., Spain, Denmark, Brazil, Mexico, Norway, Peru, Ecuador, Germany, Columbia, Indonesia and the United Kingdom. Matches will be played on two grids located at 26th Street at the Oceanfront. Beginning at 8:30 a.m., the championship matches last through sunset. Played against an ocean backdrop, teams of 5 versus 5
will play the fast-paced matches on 25-35 or 30-40 yard grids. “We’re delighted to host OpSail international teams in our 19th annual sports festival,” said NASSC director Dick Whalen. “They will be competing near our large Beach Stadium at 27th St. on the oceanfront where the ‘U.S. Open’ men’s national championship will be held, featuring highly skilled athletes from 20 nations. Our hope is that many new friendships will be made during a thrilling weekend of sun, sand and beach soccer, while at the same time, giving our visiting OpSail mariners a chance to stretch their sea legs. With extensive OpSail activities on the Norfolk waterfront and sand soccer on Virginia Beach, Interstate 264 will truly be a route to major global excitement.” The U.S. Open Championship and OpSail 2012 Virginia ﬂeet semiﬁnals and ﬁnals matches will take place Sunday afternoon, June 10.
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Ofﬁcials from Chevrolet announced last week that their new Sprint Cup race car will be the Chevrolet SS. The manufacturer will offer the car, a V-8 powered, rearwheel-drive performance sedan, to the American public beginning late next year. It is Chevy’s ﬁrst rear-wheeldrive sedan offered for sale in the U.S. in 17 years. All participating manufacturers in NASCAR will be running new model cars in 2013 and the emphasis is on having the cars more closely resemble those for sale to the public.
Charity race aims to raise $1M The Prelude to the Dream charity race that Tony Stewart hosts each year at his Rossville, Ohio dirt track, Eldora Speedway, has become such a big event that NASCAR changed the schedule of a tire test at Pocono Raceway to accommodate drivers participating in the Prelude. The tire test on June 6, the same day as the Prelude, will be moved up an hour to Noon, and end at 4 p.m. instead of 5 p.m. so drivers can make the 480-mile ﬂight to Eldora.
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■ The Hunger Games — Every year in the ruins of what was once North America, the capitol of the nation of Panem forces each of its 12 districts to send a teenage boy and girl to compete in “The Hunger Games.” A twisted punishment for a past uprising and an ongoing government intimidation tactic, The Hunger Games are a nationally televised event in which “Tributes” must ﬁght with one another until one survivor remains. Sixteen-year-old Katniss volunteers in her younger sister’s place to enter the games and is forced to rely upon her sharp instincts as well as the mentorship of drunken former victor, Haymitch Abernathy, when she’s pitted against highly-trained Tributes who have prepared for these games their entire lives. If she’s ever to return home to District 12, Katniss must make impossible choices in the arena that weigh survival against humanity and life against love.
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Snow White and the Huntsman In the epic action-adventure “Snow White and the Huntsman,” Kristen Stewart plays the only person in the land fairer than the evil queen (Charlize Theron) who is out to destroy her. But what the wicked ruler never imagined is that the one girl threatening her reign has been training in the art of war with a huntsman (Chris Hemsworth) who was dispatched to kill her. Sam Claﬂin joins the cast as the prince long enchanted by Snow White’s beauty and power.
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Licensing at Sony Pictures Entertainment. To create a completely authentic Men in Black world and tone, Activision aligned with Jeff Gomez and Mark S. Pensavalle’s Starlight Runner Entertainment, Inc. to create the story and script of the upcoming videogame. Starlight Runner, a leading creator and producer of highly successful transmedia franchises, was selected by Sony Pictures to work in concert with the ﬁlmmakers to provide a single voice to the Men in Black universe with the upcoming ﬁlm and related properties. For more information on Men In Black: Alien Crisis, visit www.activision.com.
■ storyline In “Men In Black: Alien Crisis,” gamers take on the role of MIB agent Peter Delacoeur, rising to ﬁght against an alien ploy to take over Earth. In this third-person arcade shooter, the good guys in black will blast through intense alien shootouts, dodging enemy ﬁre while trying to drive the scum of the universe back into outer space.
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Tim McGraw to provide veterans with 25 mortgage-free homes during tour By Sarah Wyland Great American Country | GACTV.com
Tim McGraw has partnered with Chase and Operation Homefront to launch “HomeFront,” a nationwide program that will award mortgage-free homes to Wounded Warriors and service members at each concert stop this summer. Additionally, ACM Lifting Lives, the charitable arm of the Academy of Country Music, and The Premier Group on behalf of the North Carolina Furniture Manufacturers, have made substantial contributions to support the program. McGraw has a long history of supporting veterans and military families. To Courtesy photo kick off the HomeFront program, he performed a special Memorial Day concert Tim McGraw has long supported the military. to remember and show gratitude for service men and women at New York City’s the world on The Pentagon Channel. Beacon Theatre during the 2012 Fleet “My sister’s a veteran of the ﬁrst Gulf Week New York. The show streamed live War,” said McGraw. “My uncle was a via YouTube and to military bases around Vietnam veteran and my grandfather was
a World War II veteran. I’ve always felt a deep sense of respect and obligation to our troops. Being able to reward them for their dedicated work with a new home will be even more rewarding for us. It feels so good to give back to them, and to have the opportunity to entertain them on Memorial Day is something I’m honored to do.” “We are grateful to our service members, veterans and their families for their service and sacriﬁces,” said Frank Bisignano, Chief Administrative Ofﬁcer and Chief Executive Ofﬁcer of Mortgage Banking at JPMorgan Chase & Co. “We are honored to partner with Tim McGraw and Operation Homefront to award mortgage-free homes. It’s a small way to say thank you to people who have done so much to protect our nation and our freedom.” McGraw will kick off the Brothers of the Sun Tour with Kenny Chesney on June 2 in Tampa, Fla. He also recently signed a new record deal with Big Machine Records.
‘Coat of Many Colors’ added to National Registry By Sarah Wyland Great American Country | GACTV.com
Dolly Parton’s “Coat of Many Colors” has been added to The Library of Congress National Recording Registry. Each year the Library of Congress chooses 25 recordings that are considered “historically,” “culturally” or “aesthetically signiﬁcant,” and are at least 10 years old to be added to the National Recording Registry. With the latest additions, there are now a total of 350 recordings in the registry.
Written by Parton, the autobiographical song tells the tale of her impoverished childhood in East Tennessee that was made rich by the love of her family. The song was key in establishing her as a songwriter. She has called “Coat of Many Colors” her favorite composition because of the attitude and philosophy it reﬂects. By being added to the National Recording Registry, the song will be forever preserved for future generations to know. This is part of the Library’s mission that has been mandated by congress. Nomina-
tions for inclusion are submitted online from the public and from the National Recording Preservation Board, which is made up of leaders in the ﬁelds of music, recorded sound and preservation. Founded in 1800, the Library of Congress is the nation’s oldest federal cultural institution. The Library seeks to inspire imagination and creativity, and further learning by providing access to knowledge through its collections, programs and exhibitions. Many of the Library’s resources can be accessed through its website at www.loc.gov.
Courtesy photo Lady Antebellum is scheduled to perform along with Darius Rucker on June 10 at Farm Bureau Live at Virginia Beach.
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Religious Services JEB Little Creek Chapel JEB FORT STORY Chapel ROMAN CATHOLIC Mass schedule: 5 p.m., Sat. (fulfills Sunday obligation) 9 a.m. & 12:15 p.m. , Sun. Fellowship: 10 a.m., Sun. Choir practice: 6 p.m., Tues. Confessions: 3:30 - 4:30 p.m., Sat.
ROMAN CATHOLIC Mass schedule: 9 a.m., Sun. Bible study: 9:30 a.m., Tues. PROTESTANT Worship service:11 a.m., Sun. Bible study: Noon, Wed.
Naval Station Norfolk PROTESTANT Sun. School : 9 a.m. Sun. (Ages 4 - Adult) AWANA / Children’s Church : 10 a.m., Sun. (Ages 4 - 10) Worship service:10:30 a.m., Sun. Fellowship: 11:30 a.m., Sun. Coffeehouse: 6 p.m., Sun. Bible Study/ Band Practice: 5 p.m., Mon. PWOC: 9:30 a.m., Wed Choir practice: 6 p.m., Wed.
LATTER DAY SAINTS Worship: 11:30 a.m., Sun. (Chapel Annex Classroom 1) Meeting: 7 p.m., Wed. (Chapel Annex Classroom 4) * Nursery care is available Sundays, 10 a.m. - Noon
NWS YORKTOWN CHAPEL Nelson Chapel, 1868 Lafayette Rd., Newport News
ROMAN CATHOLIC Our Lady of Victory Chapel Mass schedule: 11:45 a.m., Wed. 10 a.m., Sun.. PROTESTANT David Adams Memorial Chapel Worship services: 10:30 a.m., Sun. Jewish SABBATH Commodore Levy Chapel (Second Floor Bldg. C7) Sabbath: 730 p.m., Fri. (Sabbath Fellowship Oneg Shabbot Follows) ISLAMIC WORSHIP Masjid al Da’wah 2nd Floor (Bldg. C-7) Services: 1:30 p.m., Fri. Chapels are open daily for prayer.
NAS OCEANA CHAPEL
ROMAN CATHOLIC Mass schedule: 11:30 a.m., ROMAN CATHOLIC Mon. - Thurs. Mass schedule: 8:30 a.m., Sun. 9 a.m. & 12:15 p.m., Sun. PROTESTANT Worship service:10:30 a.m., Sun.
CryptoQuip answer When I saw the barracks filled with stacked beds, I shouted “That’s a lot of bunk!”
DAM NECK ANNEX CHAPEL
PROTESTANT Sun. school: 9:15 a.m., Sun. Worship service:10:40 a.m., Sun. Bible study/ 11 a.m., Wed.
ROMAN CATHOLIC Confessions: 4:15 p.m. - Sat. Mass Schedule: 5 p.m. - Sat. PROTESTANT Worship service: 9 a.m. - Sun.
contactinfo Norfolk, call 444-7361. JEB Little Creek-Fort Story, call 462-7427. Yorktown, call 887-4711. Oceana, call 433-2871. Dam Neck Annex, call 492-6602. For stories from the Chaplain’s Corner, visit www.flagshipnews.com/news/chaplains_corner/
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